More than 20 injured when SUV plunges into Christmas parade

An SUV quickly entered a Christmas parade in suburban Milwaukee on Sunday, injuring several, according to eyewitnesses.

WAUKESHA, Wis. (AP) – More than 20 people were injured when an SUV drove into a Christmas parade in Waukesha’s Milwaukee suburb on Sunday, the city’s police chief said.

Chief Dan Thompson said the investigation was ongoing, but a “suspicious vehicle” was recovered. Some of the injured were taken to hospitals by the police, while others were taken by family members, Thompson said.

Police in Waukesha, about 20 miles west of Milwaukee, urged people to avoid downtown.

A live video feed of the parade from the city of Waukesha and videos taken by parade attendees showed a red SUV breaking through the barriers and speeding onto the highway where the parade was taking place.

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WAUKESHA, Wis. (AP) — An SUV speedily entered the Christmas parade in Waukesha’s Milwaukee suburb on Sunday, injuring several people, according to local officials and witnesses.

Police in Waukesha, about 20 miles west of Milwaukee, urged people to avoid downtown.

A live video feed of the parade from the city of Waukesha and videos taken by parade attendees showed a red SUV breaking through the barriers and speeding onto the highway where the parade was taking place. It is unclear how many people were injured. Police said they couldn’t give details right away, but they are scheduling a press conference near the parade route at 7:30pm CST.

Mayor Shawn Reilly told WITI that he does not believe there is any present danger to the public in Milwaukee. Waukesha County Administrator Paul Farrow told The Associated Press there were multiple injuries, but he did not know how many people were killed or whether they were killed. Farrow was in the parade but left just before the incident occurred. He said he was on his way home when he saw police cars responding.

A video shows the SUV crashing into what appears to be members of the marching band and several people along the parade route before taking off. Before the SUV approached, the sound of the band heard was replaced by screams.

West Allis city councilor Angelito Tenorio, who is running for Wisconsin state treasurer, told the AP he was watching the parade with his family when they saw the SUV speeding through the area.

“Then we heard a loud explosion,” Tenorio said. “And after that, we heard deafening cries and cries from the crowd, from the people in the parade. And people started running away with tears in their eyes.”

Tenorio said he saw about 10 people, children and adults on the ground who appeared to have been hit by vehicles.

“It was too fast,” he said. “It was pretty scary.”

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