Five dead after car ploughs into Wisconsin parade

Five dead after car ploughs into Wisconsin parade
Emergency responders and passers-by attended to injured people. Source: JESUS OCHOA/VIA REUTERS
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Daily US Times: Police say that at least five people have died and more than 40 injured after a car ploughed into a parade in the Wisconsin.

Footage shows a red SUV driving through a Christmas parade in the city of Waukesha, at around 16:40 local time (22:40 GMT).

Police chief Dan Thompson said the car hit dozens of people, including children.

Police took one person into their custody. The incident doesn’t appear “at this time” to be an act of terrorism, one official said.

A law inforcement official, who has knowledge about the case said that the suspect appeared to have been fleeing another scene when he ran into people at the parade.

Local resident Angelito Tenorio told the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel newspaper he had just finished marching in the parade when the SUV “put the pedal to the metal and just [started] zooming full speed along the parade route.”

“Then we heard a loud bang, and just deafening cries and screams from people who are struck by the vehicle,” he said.

Corey Montiho said his daughter’s dance team was hit by the SUV.

“There were pom-poms and shoes and spilled hot chocolate everywhere. I had to go from one crumpled body to the other to find my daughter,” he told the paper.

Officials in Waukesha warned that the number of fatalities and injuries could change as additional information is collected. They said some people had transported themselves to local hospitals.

The parade in Waukesha – a community of about 72,000 people – is held every year on the Sunday before Thanksgiving, and includes fancy dress, dancers and marching bands. This year’s theme was “comfort and joy”.

Chief Thompson said officers had recovered a “suspect vehicle” and a person of interest was in custody, but gave no further details. He added that the investigation was “very fluid”.

The Children’s Wisconsin hospital said it had received 15 patients as of 20:00.

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