More Than 20 People Injured After SUV Ploughs Into Christmas Parade
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More than 20 people have been injured after an SUV ploughed into a Christmas parade in Wisconsin.
Loads of residents had gathered along the street to watch the annual Waukesha Holiday Parade.
However, things took a horrible turn as a red vehicle drove through the parade route at speed.
Police Chief Dan Thompson said the immediate threat is now over after they recovered the SUV and have identified a person of interest in the 'ongoing investigation'.
Angela O'Boyle witnessed the tragedy unfold from her balcony and told CNN it was terrifying to hear everyone screaming.
"The next thing I heard were screams and turned my head and saw the car come and plow into the band that was just pass my balcony at that point," she said.
"It hit at least two people right away and rolled over them. And then continued down the road to People's Park, which is at the end of the block - and then kept going, it didn't stop."
"It was not something that I wanted to see."
Waukesha County Executive Paul Farrow was participating in the parade with his wife when he noticed the police sirens.
My thoughts and prayers for everyone injured in Waukesha's Christmas parade. My gratitude for all law enforcement, medical personnel, and community members who are responding.- Senator Ron Johnson (@SenRonJohnson) November 22, 2021
Kathy and I are praying for Waukesha tonight and all the kids, families, and community members affected by this senseless act. I'm grateful for the first responders and folks who acted quickly to help, and we are in contact with local partners as we await more information.- Governor Tony Evers (@GovEvers) November 22, 2021
"This is an unspeakable tragedy, affecting us all as we work to overcome an extremely challenging two years and resume our cherished holiday traditions," he said in a statement.
"Keep the families affected in your thoughts as we work to offer whatever support we can.
"I have been in contact with Mayor Reilly and offered any resources the county could provide. I have also spoken with the Governor who offers his prayers and assistance.
"Right now, we are still learning about what happened. This is an active investigation, and all updates tonight will come from our law enforcement partners.
"I had just finished participating in the parade with my wife when I noticed police sirens. Shortly afterward, I learned that a vehicle drove through the parade route injuring many people. Please pray for our community tonight after the horrific events at the Waukesha Christmas Parade."
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