5 dead and 40 injured after driver accelerates in parade in Waukesha: NPR
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A holiday parade in Waukesha, Wisconsin turned to horror after a driver of a red SUV tore through the crowds on Sunday night. The shared city that five people died and more than 40 people are injured as a result of the collision of the truck with the parade marchers.
Children were among those struck by the car, Waukesha Police Chief Dan Thompson said. A total of 11 adults and 12 pediatric patients were taken to six area hospitals, said fire chief Steven Howard.
Children’s Wisconsin, a health care system operating two hospitals in the state, said it saw 15 patients from the incident at 8 p.m., “with no reported deaths at our hospital at that time.”
Authorities have not given any further details about the injuries and deaths as they work to inform family members of the victims.
According to the Archdiocese of Milwaukee, one of its Catholic priests, several parishioners and Catholic schoolchildren in Waukesha were among the injured.
“Please join us in prayer for all involved, their families and those who are traumatized by witnessing this horrific scene,” Archdiocese spokeswoman Sandra Peterson said in a statement. Sunday night.
Details emerge on who was touched
The 58th Annual Holiday Parade in downtown Waukesha was underway when the vehicle went through barricades and walked the parade route around 4:39 p.m.
According to videos of the collision shared in the hours following the tragedy and brief statements released by groups participating in the parade, an idea of the identities of some of the victims of the incident formed overnight.
Police have not confirmed the identity of those killed or injured.
NPR screenshot / Town of Waukesha Facebook page
But groups like the Catholic Community of Waukesha, Milwaukee Dancing Grannies, Waukesha Xtreme Dance and the Catholic Community of Waukesha have issued statements saying members of their groups marching in the parade at the site of the truck crash have been affected. .
These organizations all marched behind each other during the parade, depending on the parade schedule of the event.
The Catholic community of Waukesha released a statement Sunday evening simply saying that several parishioners were injured and are hospitalized, according to Monica Cardenas, director of stewardship and communication.
Members of the Catholic community in Waukesha followed the Milwaukee Dancing Grannies, a dance troupe made up of women in their early 50s to mid-70s. According to the website, the only requirement for membership is to be tall. -mother.
The group shared on Facebook that “group members and volunteers have been affected and we are awaiting information on their conditions. Please keep the Grannies, all those injured and all who witnessed this horrific event in your thoughts and prayers. “
The Waukesha Xtreme Dance, a group of children ages 2 to 8, was further in the line-up for the parade. The organization asked the public on its Facebook page to keep its members in their “thoughts and prayers.” The group also asked for “time and privacy to deal with the tragic events”.
Police share some details about the person of interest
Police Chief Thompson said the suspicious vehicle was found and that there was a “person of interest” in custody, but did not say if it was the driver. He said it was not known if there was a “link with terrorism”.
The FBI is participating in the investigation, said the agency’s Milwaukee division.
There are no other threats and the scene is safe, the police chief said.
A police officer then attempted to stop the driver by firing his gun at the vehicle, Thompson said, but no passerby was injured. “We do not believe there was gunfire from the vehicle,” said the police chief.
Videos posted on social media show a red SUV driving through barricades at low altitude and speeding along. A law enforcement officer can be seen in the video and appears to open fire on the vehicle.
Waukesha resident Lindsey Ashley, 36, said she was enjoying the parade with her two children, aged 7 and 9, when the SUV drove past them.
“The SUV burst into flames near where we were sitting and we heard an accident and people screaming,” she told NPR. “I grabbed the kids and left. People were helping to ‘escort’ others to safety.”
She said her two children were horrified and never wanted to attend another parade again.
Tailyr Medrano, who also lives in Waukesha, said she had her 1-year-old son in her arms when she said she saw the car pass through the procession “right in front of us”. She brought her toddler to the parade so he could see Santa for the first time, she told NPR via Facebook Messenger.
“[I]Instead, he sees a red SUV crush people who are supposed to be entertaining us and bleeding children on the ground, ”she wrote.
She is “shaken”, but safe, she said.
Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers thanked first responders and others who stepped in to help, and said the state was in contact with local partners to keep abreast of the latest information.
“Kathy and I pray for Waukesha tonight and all the children, families and community members affected by this senseless act,” he tweeted.
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