At least 18 children were hospitalized and 5 people died after an SUV crashed into the Waukesha Christmas parade

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Children’s Wisconsin, a nearby pediatric hospital near Milwaukee, said at least 18 children were hospitalized after the Waukesha Christmas parade.

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According to multiple law enforcement sources familiar with the findings of the preliminary investigation, there are indications that the driver was on the run from another incident when he drove into the parade route.

So far, there is no known link to international or domestic terrorism, and it does not appear to be linked to the recent verdict in the Kyle Rittenhouse trial in Kenosha, Wisconsin, the sources said.

how did the disaster unfold

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Families, including children walking in the chilly wind, queued up on the parade route on Main Street.

A city live stream of the parade showed a marching band having just started playing “Jingle Bells”. When a red SUV entered the parade from behind, The audience screamed in horror.

Another video, captured by a paradegoer, shows a young girl in a pink coat and cap dancing on the road as an SUV drives her to disappear from a few feet away.

Another Witness, Nathan Bryce, Caught Video of SUV plowing through barricades,
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On Monday morning, the paraphernalia’s belongings were still scattered throughout the scene as officials tried to confirm what caused the disaster.

Police Chief Daniel P. Thompson said officers are working with the Waukesha County Medical Examiner’s Office to identify the victims.

Thompson said there is “one person in custody,” but would not say whether it was the driver of the SUV and that no arrests have been made.

“It’s still a very fluid investigation,” the chief told reporters on Sunday night. He said children were also among the injured.

The chief said a Waukesha police officer fired shots to try to stop the driver, and no one was killed by the officer’s bullets. Thompson said he does not believe any shots were fired from the vehicle.

“The scene is now safe and secure,” Thompson said.

Victims include members of the Milwaukee Dancing Grannies

Officials have not released any details about the five people killed, but Milwaukee Dancing Grannies Said that some members of the group were also among the victims.
“Our group was doing what they loved, performing in front of a crowd in a parade, bringing smiles to the faces of all ages, filling them with joy and happiness,” dance troupe posted on facebook,

“The people who died were extremely emotional grannies,” the group said.

“Our hearts are heavy at this most difficult time, this will be posted as more information and updates become available. Please share your thoughts and prayers with his family, friends, the Milwaukee Dancing Grannies and everyone who lives forever.” has changed.”

At least several of the injured are in critical condition

Video of the parade published on the city's Facebook page shows a red SUV speeding through the parade, following which a police officer is fleeing the scene.

Aurora Medical Center-Summit, a Waukesha County hospital, said it was treating 13 patients as of Sunday night: three are in critical condition, four are in critical condition and six are in good condition.

Frodtart Hospital in Milwaukee – the only Level I trauma center in southeast Wisconsin – said it is also treating patients of the parade incident, but is not providing a specific number nor conditions. Level I trauma centers typically care for the most critically ill patients.

The 18 children hospitalized at Children’s Wisconsin suffered injuries “ranging from scratches on the face to broken bones to severe head injuries,” said Dr. Amy Drendell, medical director of the Children’s Wisconsin Emergency Department and Trauma Center.

The children ranged in age from 3 to 16, and those hospitalized included three siblings, Drendell said.

‘He immediately hit at least two people and rolled over them’

A video obtained by Granthshala shows the moment the vehicle hit pedestrians. A red colored SUV is seen hitting a man in a marching band. The vehicle then continues to move forward, hitting and running over the band and other people in the crowd.

Angela O’Boyle, who lives in an apartment on the fifth floor that overlooks the parade route, told Granthshala she was on the balcony watching the festivities.

“The next thing I heard was the screams, and I turned my head and saw the car coming and resolved into the band that was right in front of my balcony at the time,” she said.

“It hit at least two people immediately and rolled over. And then continued on the road to People’s Park which is at the end of the block – and then kept going, it didn’t stop.”

Boyle said he heard people screaming and shouting their children’s names, “It wasn’t something I wanted to see … got a little scared.”

Kelly Starle, a Milwaukee Journal Sentinel intern who witnessed the incident, said, “Probably about 20 to 30 minutes into the parade, a red SUV came running down the middle of the street — there were a lot of screams — and we almost thought it was Santa, But it was a red colored SUV and it hit a lot of people.”

Starle continued, “There were many people on the ground.”

“There were probably four people downstairs in the little place in front of me where I was sitting, so there were a lot of people who ran to check on them,” Starle said. “I believe the four people in front of me were still breathing but they were down, they weren’t moving.”

Schools closed as community mourning

Wisconsin Governor Tony Evers said on Monday that flags would be flown at half-staff on “all buildings, grounds and military installations” statewide.

“Today, I have ordered the flags of America and Wisconsin to be flown at half-staff as we continue to pray for the Waukesha community and the children, loved ones and neighbors whose lives were forever changed by an unimaginable tragedy last night, ” Governor tweeted,

Thompson said roads in the area would be closed for at least 24 hours. City officials said businesses on the road where the disaster struck should remain closed on Monday.

Waukesha’s school district said it canceled classes on Monday and would determine whether classes would resume on Tuesday.

“Additional counselors will be available in all buildings during the school day in the district for all students who may need support services,” school officials said in a statement.

According to a White House official, the White House is in contact with state and local officials, and President Joe Biden has been informed.

A White House official said: “The White House is closely monitoring the situation in Waukesha and our condolences go out to all those affected by this horrific incident.” “We have reached out to state and local officials to offer any help and support as needed.”

Granthshala’s Simeon Prokupez, Evan Perez, Claudia Dominguez, Justin Lear, Ala Alasar, Natasha Chen, Andy Rose, Arlett Sainz and Conor Powell contributed to this report.

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