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Boy, eight, killed by July 4 float

An eight-year-old boy has died after he was run over by a float driven by his father during a July 4 parade in Oklahoma.

Officer James Hamm of Edmond police said the boy was riding on a martial arts group's float at the city's LibertyFest parade when what he described as a freak accident happened.

He fell or got down from the float at the end of the parade and was struck by the same vehicle. Police spokeswoman Jenny Monroe says the boy's father was driving the float.

Edmond is just north of Oklahoma City.

Thousands of spectators typically line the parade route as bands, floats, antique cars and marching groups pass by.

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