Five dead, more than 40 injured after vehicle plows into crowd in US

At least five dead, more than 40 injured after vehicle plows into crowd in U.S. city Waukesha
At least five dead, more than 40 injured after vehicle plows into crowd in U.S. city Waukesha.

At least five people were killed and 40 injured when a car plunged into a Christmas parade in Waukesha, Wisconsin, on Sunday, officials said.

Video footage shows the band members and cheerleaders a red SUV sprinting at high speed, hitting multiple people and dispersing the crowd.

"We can now confirm that 5 people have died and more than 40 have been injured," said the city of Waukesha. "However, these numbers may change as we collect additional information. Many people were self-transferred to district hospitals."

The city announced that the police department had "detained the person concerned".

Allegedly, the incident occurred around 4:30 p.m. On Sunday (2230 GMT) local time, a red SUV sped past the barriers and onto the road to the Christmas parade.

"The scene is still fluid and the investigation is ongoing," Waukesha said in another tweet. "The community mourns the loss of our community members and the injured."

In this process, we ask the community to come together and keep the families in your prayers.

Police chief Dan Thompson said a person involved was detained and the vehicle was confiscated. He said he didn't know yet if he had anything to do with terrorism.

Witnesses described the "horrible" incident, saying the SUV driver "was crossing from side to side, targeting people".

The police chief did not believe the SUV driver had fired a gun after reports of gunfire in the early hours. He said a police officer shot the car to stop it.

The White House said it was "monitoring the situation closely" and offering support and assistance to local officials.

With a population of approximately 70,000, Waukesha is part of the Milwaukee metropolitan area in Wisconsin, a midwestern state.

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