At least five people have died and about 40 have been injured after a vehicle passed through a parade that was taking place in the American city of Waukesha, in the state of Wisconsin, reported the authorities.
At this time, we can confirm that 5 people have died and more than 40 are injured, the government of that city published last night in a message on its social networks.
Nevertheless, these numbers may change as we collect additional information, added the authorities.
The event occurred this Sunday when dance groups, high school bands and politicians marched along Main Street, the main street of the town, on the outskirts of Milwaukee, an act that had been suspended in previous editions due to the pandemic. .
About 4:40 p.m. local time, the driver of a red SUV, jumped the security fences and pushed his way through the crowd ramming the attendees, according to local media.
Hospitals in the area reported treating dozens of patients, including many children. The reasons that caused the outrage have not yet been clarified.
“Today our community was faced with horror and tragedy in what should have been a community celebration,” stated City Mayor Shawn Reilly, who said he saw smiling children and happy parents when marching within the parade route before. of the incident.
I am deeply saddened to know that so many people in our community attended a parade and ended up dealing with injuries and pain, he said.
For his part, Daniel Thompson, chief of the Waukesha Police Department, said last night that a person was in custody and that no new threats against the population had been detected.
Witnesses described the driver as a man, a fact that was not confirmed by the police. Thompson, however, confirmed that the police had shot the driver.
A wide stretch of Main Street remains closed while the investigation continues, according to various media.
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(With information from EFE)