November 27, 2021

Five dead after car ploughs into Christmas parade at Wisconsin

At least five people have been killed and more than 40 injured after a car ploughed into a parade in the US state of Wisconsin, police say.

Footage shows a red SUV driving through a Christmas parade in the city of Waukesha, west of Milwaukee, at around 16:40 local time (22:40 GMT).

Police chief Dan Thompson said it hit dozens of people, including children.

The quest for the Peoples Democratic Party to regain political power in Kwara State has gained traction as the Saraki Grassroot Ladies Forum, Osi, in the Ekiti Local Government Area of the state, is set to kick start its ‘House-to-House Campaign.’ In a statement signed by its coordinator, Mrs Aishat Alabi, in Ilorin, on Sunday, the group said the move was designed to create awareness and mobilise prospective voters for the ongoing continuous voter registration and also the membership registration and revalidation exercise of the PDP. The statement read in part, “Voter card is the weapon to effect positive change in government and a strong tool to reclaim power from the ineptitude of the ruling APC government in the state. “We urge all party members to get their INEC voter cards and endeavour to participate in the ongoing PDP online membership registration”, she said. She added, “the Saraki Grassroot Ladies Forum expressed gratitude to the immediate past Senate President, Federal Republic of Nigeria, Dr Abubakar Bukola Saraki, over the appointment of yet another woman (Felicia Owolabi, as member of the PDP Board of Trustees). “This is another attestation to the fact that the Saraki political structure never undermined the roles of women in political activities.”

One person is in custody. The incident does not appear “at this time” to be an act of terrorism, one official said.

The suspect appeared to have been fleeing another scene when he ran into people at the parade, the law enforcement official – who is familiar with the early findings of the investigation – told the BBC’s US partner CBS News.

Local resident Angelito Tenorio told the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel newspaper he had just finished marching in the parade when the SUV “put the pedal to the metal and just [started] zooming full speed along the parade route.”

“Then we heard a loud bang, and just deafening cries and screams from people who are struck by the vehicle,” he said.

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