German Cops: Driver Plowed Into Parade on Purpose

Dozens injured, some gravely
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Feb 24, 2020 12:43 PM CST

(Newser) – A man intentionally drove a car into a crowd of people at a Carnival parade in a small town in central Germany, injuring dozens of people including children, police said Monday. The driver was arrested, but police couldn't immediately provide details about the man's motivations for crashing into the celebrations in Volkmarsen, about 175 miles southwest of Berlin, per the AP. “We are working on the assumption that it was a deliberate act,” police spokesman Henning Hinn said. Some of the injuries were life-threatening, he said. Witnesses said the car drove around a barrier blocking off traffic from the parade, according to the paper.

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Video from the scene showed a silver Mercedes station wagon with local license plates on a sidewalk, its front windshield badly smashed and hood dented, and its hazard lights blinking, while emergency crews walked by. Forensic experts could be seen taking photos and measurements around the crashed car, walking around fragments of Carnival costumes that littered the ground. The crash came amid the height of Germany's celebration of Carnival, with the biggest parades in Cologne, Duesseldorf, and Mainz. Police in Western Hesse state tweeted that all other Carnival parades in the state Monday were ended after the crash as a precaution.

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