WAUKESHA, Wisconsin (AP) – An SUV drove into a Christmas parade in the Milwaukee suburb of Waukesha on Sunday, causing several injuries, according to the city’s mayor and witnesses.
Police in Waukesh, about 20 miles west of Milwaukee, urged people to avoid downtown.
Live video of the parade from the city of Waukesha, as well as videos filmed by the parade participants, showed how a red SUV breaks through barriers and rushes to 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 Sean Reilly told WITI in Milwaukee that he does not believe there is any danger to the public at this time.
One video shows an SUV striking a marching band and several other people along the parade route before continuing. Before the approach of the SUV, the sound of the marching band gives way to shouts.
Angelito Tenorio, a West Ellis alderman running for Wisconsin’s treasurer, told The Associated Press that he was watching the parade with his family when they saw the SUV speed into the area.
“Then we heard a loud bang,” said Tenorio. “And after that we just heard deafening screams from the crowd, people at the parade. And people began to rush, ran away with tears in their eyes and cried. “
Tenorio said he saw about 10 people on the ground, children and adults, who were apparently hit by a car.
“It happened so quickly,” he said. “It was pretty awful.”