- A Christmas parade became a tragedy.
- Here are the shocking images of the accident.
Wisconsinites were greeted by sad news when the Waukesha Christmas parade ended tragically. The unfortunate incident involved many victims. According to information released by the media, at least 5 people died and more than 40 were injured, including children. The tragedy occurred after a truck crossed a police barrier and rammed a Christmas parade on Sunday in Waukesha.
It was a truly heartbreaking moment. The families were enjoying the show when the incident claimed lives and left more than 10 people with serious injuries. What seemed like something beautiful turned into a terrible situation.
A horrible tragedy!
According to sources on social media, the event was broadcast live on Waukesha’s Facebook page. Part of the recording captured the moment a red SUV drives through the parade at high speed.
The Waukesha police chief, Daniel Thompson, said that the person driving the SUV was traveling west on Main Street when it went through a barricade and rammed several people. Telemundo shared Thompson’s words: “It is very tragic and very chaotic.” Waukesha Mayor Shawn Reilly called it a, “senseless, horrible tragedy.”
What is known about the Waukesha Christmas parade tragedy
It was sad to see an annual tradition turn into a tragic event. Many people felt helplessness when they learned that children were injured. Some even lost their lives.
Thompson reported that some victims have been transported by ambulance to the hospital, while others were taken in private vehicles. The chief of the Waukesha fire department explained that his staff transported 11 adults and 12 minors to six hospitals in the area. This is in addition to family members and private citizens who took patients to hospitals, according to Telemundo.
A sense of empathy and helplessness
For many attendees, it was impossible not to put themselves in the place of the people who lost their children in the accident. Also, some infants will no longer be cared for by their parents who died in the event.
The images show a scene full of pain and helplessness. They made viewers speechless. Things can change in the blink of an eye, and this parade was no exception.
13 of the injured are receiving medical treatment
The Aurora Medical Center Summit hospital is providing medical treatment to 13 patients, 3 of whom are in critical condition. “We are very saddened by the senseless tragedy, and our hearts go out to the Waukesha community,” a hospital representative said in a statement.
Children’s Hospital Wisconsin reported that it is treating 15 patients, none of whom have died. Additionally, ProHealth Waukesha Memorial Hospital is providing patient care to some victims of the tragedy. It did not provide further details. The tragedy has certainly touched the hearts of many people because it is even more upsetting when children are involved.
Clothes and bags were abandoned at the scene
Amid the worry, despair, and fear, many people ran from the scene of the incident leaving their personal belongings in the street. Many items left, such as shoes, clothes, and bags, belong to the people who died and those who are hospitalized.
A heartbreaking moment that will remain etched in the memory of both live spectators and netizens are the young children’s clothes strewn in the road. There is no doubt that this year has brought several brutal events, tragic accidents, incredible natural disasters, and impactful deaths.
The streets where the incident occurred were closed
The lively scene of marching bands, kids dancing in Santa hats and waving pom-poms turned deadly in an instant on Sunday. Gruesome footage has captured the moment the SUV smashed through barricades and hit dancers, musicians, and others.
The streets where the tragic incident took place were completely closed and will not reopen until at least Monday. City authorities indicated that businesses in the area must remain closed since they will not be allowed to travel on Main Street. This will have a major impact on retailers on one of the busiest shopping weekends of the year.
Children’s education will be affected
Unfortunately, this painful and shocking event further affects children’s education. In a press conference, Thompson said that classes in Waukesha are canceled on Monday. Also, the streets where the accident occurred will remain closed for 24 hours.
Telemundo released the following information: “The family reunification center has been established at Waukesha South High School located at 401 E. Roberta Ave. Those who live out of town and need to find a loved one can contact the Waukesha County Sheriff’s Department at 262-548-7122.” Filed under: Waukesha Christmas parade tragedy
What’s left at the disturbing scene
In one image, a broken tinsel-wrapped stroller was abandoned. Other images show chairs used by spectators to watch the parade knocked over as people left their belongings to flee the horror. Who would have imagined that such a beautiful moment would turn out to be heartbreaking?
Seeing the children’s toys and clothes was extremely upsetting after the incident. Unfortunately, many families were devastated after seeing their children involved in the accident. They are innocent and only wanted to enjoy a Christmas show.
What is known about the cause of the disaster
One video shows a woman screaming, “Oh my God!” A red Ford Escape is seen on the video cutting through the crowd and sending bodies flying as families and performers celebrated the annual holiday event. Members of the Dancing Grannies group were among the dead. A Waukesha police officer opened fire to stop the vehicle, authorities said.
Many families were panicking as they looked for their relatives at the event. Who was driving the SUV when it ran over so many people?
Children exposed to horror
One video shows a girl dancing in the street as the truck sped past before careening over parade participants a few hundred feet ahead. A video of dancers with pom-poms ends with a group of people attending to a girl on the ground.
“There were pom-poms and shoes and hot chocolate spilled everywhere. I had to go from one twisted body to another to find my daughter,” Corey Montiho, a Waukesha school district board member, told the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.
Has the suspect been arrested?
Later, officers found an address in Milwaukee where the SUV responsible for the tragedy was parked in the driveway. The front of the vehicle was damaged, and the bumper and license plate was hanging down. The authorities detained a man identified as Brooks, who reportedly complained of pain in his shoulder.
The parade takes place each year on the Sunday before Thanksgiving. The families hope that justice will be served for the losses that occurred that day, including deaths and injuries. Filed under: Waukesha Christmas parade tragedy.
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