At least five people have been killed and more than 40 injured after a car ran into a Christmas parade in the US state of Wisconsin.
School bands and a dance troupe of grannies were among those marching through the city of Waukesha when a red SUV came speeding down the road hitting dozens of people, including children.
The police have detained one person in this regard. The incident does not appear “at this time” to be an act of terrorism, confirmed an official.
The suspect appeared to have been fleeing another scene when he ran into people at the parade, the law enforcement official – who is familiar with the early findings of the investigation – told the BBC’s US partner CBS News.
Local resident Angelito Tenorio told the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel newspaper he had just finished marching in the parade when the SUV “put the pedal to the metal and just [started] zooming full speed along the parade route” at about 16:40 (22:40 GMT). “Then we heard a loud bang, and just deafening cries and screams from people who are struck by the vehicle,” he said. Corey Montiho said his daughter’s dance team was hit by the SUV.
“There 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,” he told the paper. The parade in Waukesha – a community of about 72,000 located to the west of Milwaukee – is traditionally held every year on the Sunday before Thanksgiving, and includes fancy dress, floats, dancers and marching bands. This year’s theme was “comfort and joy”. Families lined the sides of the road to watch the event, which was returning after a year’s absence due to the coronavirus pandemic.