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Terror at Wisconsin Christmas parade: Multiple deaths and injuries after an SUV plowed into a parade

A holiday parade turned tragic as an SUV crashed into people.

Police investigate the crash involving multiple people and injuries at a holiday parade in Waukesha, Wisconsin.
Police investigate at the scene of a crash involving multiple people and injuries at a holiday parade in Waukesha, Wis., on Sunday, Nov. 21, 2021.
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Five people were killed and more than 40 were injured after a driver of a red SUV sped through a holiday parade late Sunday in Waukesha, Wisconsin, The Washington Post reports.

  • According to the The Associated Press, there was “a person was in custody, as was the SUV, he said, but (Thompson) did not give any indication of motive.”
  • “We have a person of interest that we are looking into at this time,” Waukesha Police Chief Dan Thompson said.
  • “Tonight was a traumatic situation for the city of Waukesha,” the city’s mayor, Shawn Reilly, told reporters, per The Washington Post. “We don’t have all the details, we can’t provide details at this point.”
  • Reilly said the public did not face any immediate danger, per The Associated Press.

Witnesses told of horrifying accounts of the scene. Per one report, a woman who lived near the parade said she saw the SUV hit a dance team of girls ages 9 to 15 years old. The immediate reaction, she said, was silence followed by screaming and running.

Corey Montiho, a Waukesha school district board member, told The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel that his daughter was hit by the vehicle.

  • “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 said. “My wife and two daughters were almost hit. Please pray for everybody. Please pray.”

Angelito Tenorio, who is running for Wisconsin state treasurer, described a similar scenario to The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.

  • “As we were walking back in between the buildings we saw an SUV crossover, just put the pedal to the metal and just zooming full speed along the parade route. And then we heard a loud bang, and just deafening cries and screams from people who are struck by the vehicle,” Tenorio said. “And then, and then we saw people running away or stopping crying, and there, there are people on the ground who looked like they’d been hit by the vehicle.”