Up to 60 people injured after elderly driver ploughs into Virginia parade
Sunday 19 May 2013
Up to 60 people were injured when a driver described by witnesses as an elderly man drove his car into a group of hikers marching in a parade in a small Virginia mountain town.
Washington County director of emergency management Pokey Harris said no fatalities had been reported in the incident yesterday.
The injuries ranged from critical to superficial, he said. Three of the victims were flown by helicopters to regional hospitals. Another 12 to 15 were taken by ambulance. The rest were treated at the scene.
The status of the driver was not released. Multiple witnesses described him as an elderly man.
The authorities are still investigating, but Mr Harris said they believe the man might have suffered a medical emergency before the accident.
It happened around 2.30 pm local time during the Hikers Parade at the Trail Days festival, an annual celebration of the Appalachian Trail in Damascus, near the Tennessee state line.
What caused the car to drive into the crowd was not immediately known. It appeared to come from a side street, and a thud could be heard.
Witnesses said the car had a handicapped parking sticker and it went more than 100 feet before coming to a stop.
"He was hitting hikers," said Vickie Harmon, a witness from Damascus. "I saw hikers just go everywhere."
Damascus resident Amanda Puckett, who was watching the parade with her children, ran to the car, where she and others lifted the car off those pinned underneath.
"Everybody just threw our hands up on the car and we just lifted the car up," she said.
Keith Neumann, a hiker from South Carolina, said he was part of the group that scrambled around the car.
They pushed the car backward to free a woman trapped underneath and lifted it off the ground to make sure no one else was trapped. Another person jumped inside to put the car in park.
"There's no single heroes. We're talking about a group effort of everybody jumping in," he said.
There were ambulances in the parade ahead of the hikers and paramedics on board immediately responded to the crash.
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