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Vehicle speeds through Wisconsin parade

A speeding SUV ploughed through a Christmas parade in Waukesha, Wisconsin, on Sunday (November 21), killing at least one person and injuring more than 20, including a group of young dancers waving pompoms.

Waukesha Police Chief Dan Thompson said a person of interest was in custody and the suspect’s vehicle had been recovered after the incident in the town, about 20 miles (32 km) west of Milwaukee.

“The vehicle struck more than 20 individuals. Some of the individuals were children and there are some fatalities as a result of this incident,” Thompson told reporters.

Asked about the fatalities, Thompson said: “I don’t have an exact number at this time.”

Authorities said they had taken 11 adults and 12 children to six area hospitals, with more transported to hospitals by family and friends.

It was not known whether the incident was related to terrorism, but an earlier shelter-in-place order in the town of around 72,000 had been lifted, Thompson added.

A video posted on the City of Waukesha’s Facebook page showed a red sport utility vehicle speeding through the parade, missing participants before police vehicles raced after it.

In 2015, four people were killed and 46 injured in Stillwater, Oklahoma, when a woman drove into a crowd watching the homecoming parade for a football team.

A truck was deliberately driven into a Christmas market in Berlin, Germany, in 2016, killing 12 people in an attack linked to Islamic State.

(Production: Njuwa Maina, Nur-Azna Sanusi)

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