Many hurt after car ploughs into parade crowd


At least 20 people have been injured in a “mass casualty incident” after a car drove at speed through a crowd watching a holiday parade in suburban Wisconsin.

In one video posted on social media, a red sport utility vehicle, thought to be a Ford Escape, appeared to speed toward marchers from behind.

In a second video, police appeared to open fire on the same vehicle as it crashed through street barriers on Sunday night (local time).

Reuters could not immediately confirm reports of the incident in Waukesha, about 30 kilometres west of Milwaukee. But the Waukesha Police Department confirmed an active scene, although it provided no further details.

Photos and videos of Waukesha circulating on Twitter showed police cars and ambulances crowding a street decked out with Christmas lights in the aftermath.

People wearing thick jackets against the winter chill huddled on footpaths as dusk fell.

The incident occurred shortly before 5pm, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reported.

“As we were walking back in between the buildings … we saw an SUV cross over, just put the pedal to the metal and just zooming full speed along the parade route. And then we heard a loud bang, and just deafening cries and screams from people who are struck by the vehicle,” Angelito Tenorio, an alderman in nearby West Allis, told the newspaper.

A heavy police presence remains in the area.

“Please avoid the downtown area for the time being,” the Waukesha Police Department posted on Facebook.

A local radio host said police sources had told him that one person, believed to be the Escape’s driver, was in custody.

He said a witness told him the driver had been seen firing shots out of the vehicle window before speeding towards the parade crowd.

The vehicle has been located.

-more to come

-with AAP

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