A Christmas parade in Wisconsin ended in tragedy after an SUV plowed into a crowd of people.
According to the preliminary reports, a Christmas parade in Waukesha, Milwaukee, was interrupted when a red Ford SUV plowed into a group of people sending bodies “flying everywhere.”
During the tragic Sunday incident, several people were killed and at least 23 were severely injured. Among the victims that were rushed to different hospitals in the area were 12 children and several elderly women who performed dancing acts during the parade.
The authorities have since seized the red vehicle used in the attack and apprehended a person of interest. As of this writing, the police have yet to release information about the people killed in the incident.
In one of the horrifying videos taken at the time of the attack, the vehicle could be seen colliding with a large group of people who were marching down the street to celebrate the annual festival.
In another footage, the same SUV could be seen missing a young child by inches while driving through the crowd at a great speed.
“We heard a loud bang, and just deafening cries and screams from people who are struck by the vehicle,” one of the witnesses, Angelito Tenorio, recalled in an interview with the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel after the tragedy.
“And then, and then we saw people running away or stopping crying, and there, there are people on the ground who looked like they’d been hit by the vehicle. It just happened so fast. It was pretty horrifying.”
Another witness whose daughter is part of the school dance team that was targeted by the SUV driver went on to recall the aftermath of the incident and his search for his daughter.
“They 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,” Corey Montiho said.
“My wife and two daughters were almost hit. Please pray for everybody. Please pray.”
Another eyewitness, Kaylee Staral, revealed that she was at the parade together with her family when the crowd erupted with screams.
“There were lots of families, lots of small children there. A red SUV came running down the street, hitting a lot of people in the parade,” Staral told CNN.
“There were a lot of screams. We thought maybe it was Santa, but it was a red SUV and it hit a lot of people.”
The investigation remains ongoing.
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