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'Car attack' at Christmas parade in US

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'Car attack' at Christmas parade
Several people were killed when a car overturned during a Christmas parade in Waukesha, Wisconsin, USA.

The incident took place at around 4:39 pm local time on Sunday.

A red DVD sports utility vehicle (SUV) parade has hit several people taking part in the parade, Reuters news agency reported on Sunday, according to a DVD clip posted online.

In the other video, the car hit a roadside pole and police fired at it.

Waukesha Police Chief Dan Thomson told the media that the car was seized from the scene and one person was taken into police custody.

"The car hit at least 20 people," he said.

"There are also children among them. Several people have been killed in this incident."

Asked exactly how many people were killed, he said, "We can't say for sure at the moment."

"A police officer fired at the car, but no one was injured," he said.

Belen Santamaria, a restaurant worker who stood on the side of the road and watched the parade with her husband and 3-year-old daughter, told the media: Then I heard screams.

She said Santamaria took refuge with her daughter in a nearby restaurant, but her husband rushed for rescue.

An eyewitness told local Fox 7 television that the car hit a dance troupe of 9 to 15-year-olds.

Authorities at The Children's Wisconsin Hospital said on Twitter that 15 people had been brought in with injuries until 8 pm local time. No deaths were reported at the time.

A White House official was quoted by CNN as saying that President Joe Biden had been notified of the incident last evening.

According to the local Catholic Church, several church priests, including a student from Waukesha Catholic School, were injured in the incident.

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