- Associated Press - Saturday, January 30, 2016

NEW ORLEANS (AP) - Four people went to a hospital with minor injuries after an 18-wheeler struck a tree along a New Orleans parade route as the city’s Carnival season got underway.

New Orleans Police say the truck knocked down a branch about 7:50 p.m. Friday that fell on six people, two of whom were not hurt, during the Oshun and Cleopatra parades rolling along the Uptown route. Police spokesman Garry Flot says their injuries were not considered life threatening.

Andre Licatovich, who saw the accident, told NOLA.com/The Times-Picayune (https://bit.ly/1KhrxHk ) the truck driver appeared to be trying to avoid the crowd when his vehicle hit the tree, sending a branch crashing down.

Authorities closed St. Charles Avenue between Peniston and Foucher streets until crews cleared the scene.

Police cited the driver.

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Information from: The Times-Picayune, https://www.nola.com

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