1 killed, over 20 injured as car capsizes in parade

1 killed, over 20 injured as car capsizes in parade

More than 20 people were injured, and at least one person killed, after an SUV passed over a crowded Christmas parade in Waukesha, Wisconsin on Sunday, a local CBS affiliate reporter tweeted, the local police chief said.

Waukesha Police Chief Dan Thompson said the suspect vehicle had been recovered and there was no further danger after the incident in Waukesha, about 20 miles (32 km) west of Milwaukee.


Local media reported that people near the city of Waukesha were being asked to take shelter in places. The nearby Carroll University campus tweeted, “On lockdown due to an ongoing incident. Please stay safe and stay in place until further notice and take shelter in place.”

“A red SUV came into our Christmas parade, which we were holding in the city. More than 20 people were injured as a result of the incident,” Thompson told reporters.

He said without giving further details that the authorities have identified one person interested in the case.

He said some of the injured were taken to hospital by ambulance, others by police and others by family and friends.

Some eyewitnesses and local media reported that shots were fired from the vehicle during the parade. Reuters could not immediately confirm that information.

A video posted online about the incident shows a red sport utility vehicle driving a plow in the parade, which is seen as more than a dozen people flee.

In another video, police were seen firing bullets at the vehicle as it rammed into road obstacles.

A local CBS affiliate later posted a photo on Twitter that showed the red SUV involved, with its hood broken and hanging front fenders, parked in a driveway.

A woman told Fox6 TV station that the SUV hit a dance team of girls aged 9 to 15. She said the immediate response was silence, followed by screaming, running and checking on the injured, Fox 6 reported.

A witness said the driver hit “dancing grannies” and at least one person flipped over the hood of the SUV, according to Milwaukee’s WISN-TV, an ABC affiliate.

The TV station said another eyewitness estimated the SUV was going at a speed of about 40 mph (64 kph).

Photos and videos of Waukesha going viral on Twitter showed police cars and ambulances crowding a street lined with Christmas lights after the incident. At dusk, people gathered on the sidewalk.

The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reported that the incident occurred shortly before 5 p.m. (2300 GMT).

“As we were walking back into the middle of the buildings … we saw an SUV cross over, just pedaled to the metal and zoomed to full speed along the parade route. And then we heard a loud bang, and just deaf and the screams of those hit by the vehicle,” Angelito Tenorio, an alderman in nearby West Allis, told the newspaper.

The newspaper said police officers took to the street, asking parade-watchers to take shelter in shops.

(Reporting by Eric Beach; Writing by Lincoln Feast; Editing by Noleen Walder, Himani Sarkar and Peter Cooney)

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