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An SUV rushes into the Wisconsin Christmas parade;  multiple injuries

WAUKESHA, SWITZERLAND. – An SUV rushed Sunday in a Christmas parade in the Milwaukee suburb of Waukesha, injuring several people, according to the city’s mayor and witnesses.

Police in Waukesha, located about 20 miles west of Milwaukee, were urging people to avoid downtown.

A live video feed of the parade from the town of Waukesha, along with videos taken by parade participants, showed a red SUV going through barriers and speeding down the roadway where the parade was taking place. It is not known how many people were injured and police said they could not provide details immediately.

Mayor Shawn Reilly told WITI in Milwaukee that he does not believe there is currently a danger to the public.

Video shows the SUV hitting what appear to be members of a marching band and several others along the parade route before continuing. The sound of the fanfare heard before the approach of the SUV is replaced by screams.

Angelito Tenorio, a West Allis city councilor who is running as Wisconsin state treasurer, told The Associated Press he was watching the parade with his family when they saw the SUV rush into the region.

“Then we heard a loud bang,” Tenorio said. “And after that, we just heard deafening screams and screams from the crowd, from the people in the parade. And the people started to rush, running away with tears in their eyes, crying.”

Tenorio said he saw around ten people on the ground, children and adults, who appeared to have been hit by the vehicle.

“It happened so fast,” he said. “It was pretty awful.”


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