A Virginia parade crash in Damascus has injured an estimated 50 to 60 attendees at the Trail Days Parade, with some airlifted to the hospital after the large accident.
The Virginia parade crash at the Trail Days Parade occurred on a bridge, an area that is currently roped off and being investigated as a crime scene.
Of the estimated 50 to 60 people injured in the Virginia parade crash, four are said to have been seriously injured — but there are no reports of fatalities currently.
A local news site describes the events leading up to the Virginia parade crash, reporting that a male driver in his mid 80s is being treated by medical personnel following the collision:
“According to authorities, a green Cadillac was traveling on Route 91 in Damascus around 2:15 p.m. when his vehicle cut through a nearby car wash located off Third Street, where the parade was taking place. The car then went around several vehicles in the parade and plowed into a crowd of several hikers in the parade before coming to a stop.”
The Virginia parade crash occurred at about 2:30 PM local time, and witnesses reported at least one hiker at the Trail Days event being pulled under the Cadillac’s bumper as attendees scrambled to escape.
Others speculate the driver, who was described as elderly, may have experienced some sort of medical issue just prior to allegedly plowing into the massive crowd.
Damascus resident Vickie Harmon describes witnessing the Virginia parade crash:
“He was hitting hikers… I saw hikers just go everywhere.”
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After the Virginia parade crash, between 12 and 15 people were hospitalized.