SUV speeds into the crowd: dead and injured in the US Christmas parade

SUV speeds into the crowd
Dead and injured in US Christmas parade

People in the US state of Wisconsin celebrate the holiday season with a street parade. Then an off-road vehicle breaks through a barrier and races towards the participants from behind. More than 20 people are injured and several people die.

A car crashed into a crowd at a Christmas street parade in Wisconsin, USA. More than 20 people were injured and there were “several deaths,” said the local police. “A red SUV sped into our Christmas parade that we held downtown. More than 20 people were injured in this incident,” said local police chief Dan Thompson. The police did not initially provide any more specific information, a spokesman pointed out that the relatives would be notified first.

A video on social media shows a red SUV speeding towards a pageant from behind. In a second video, police appear to have opened fire on the same vehicle after it broke a road barrier. A woman told Fox6 television that the SUV hit a dance group of girls between the ages of nine and 15. One man reported that the driver hit the “Dancing Grannies” and that at least one person was thrown over the bonnet of the SUV. Another eyewitness estimated that the SUV was traveling about 25 miles per hour when it pulled into the crowd, Milwaukee TV station WISN-TV reported.

According to the information, numerous children were among the victims: The fire brigade announced that eleven adults and twelve children had been taken to hospitals. The background is still unclear. It was open, among other things, whether the car was deliberately driven into the crowd. The police spoke of a “chaotic” situation and a “tragic incident”. But there is no further threat. A suspicious vehicle was found and a person was in custody. The incident occurred in Waukesha, a suburb of the city of Milwaukee. The Waukesha Christmas Parade took place in the small town.

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