Raleigh Christmas Parade crash leaves 1 injured after float hits dancers

At least one person was injured on Saturday after a truck pulling a float during a Christmas parade in Raleigh, North Carolina rammed into a dance troupe. The driver said he lost control of the vehicle, according to local media.

WTVD’s helicopter video shows a white van driving through a crowd of dancers, causing some to step aside while others can be seen running. Video from the ground shows officers and parade spectators rushing to the truck and leaning against it, trying to stop the vehicle.

The driver of the truck shouted from the window that he had lost control and could not stop the vehicle, a witness told WTVD.

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Raleigh Mayor Mary-Ann Baldwin said a young girl was injured in the incident.

“Today started with such joy. The Raleigh Christmas Parade brought smiles to so many faces. My heart was so full. And now it hurts for the young girl who suffered a tragic accident on the parade route Let us pray for her, her family and our community,” Baldwin wrote on Twitter.

The girl was taken to hospital, WRAL-TV reported. Other girls from the dance company could be seen crying and being hugged by family members, the outlet reported.

Cheyenne Hamilton, 17, told The News Observer the parade had just started when the driver of one of her dance troupe’s floats lost control.

“The float behind us, their brakes started to fail. And they were trying to get all of us out of the way. But unfortunately one of the dancers couldn’t get out of the way,” Hamilton told the outlet.

Raleigh police did not respond to repeated requests for comment.

The incident comes nearly a year to the day after a man drove an SUV through a Christmas parade in Waukesha, Wisconsin, killing six people and injuring dozens more. The man was sentenced Wednesday to life in prison.

Police officers work at the scene after a truck pulling a float crashed during a holiday parade in Raleigh, North Carolina, Saturday, Nov. 19, 2022. Witnesses say people attending the Christmas parade of Raleigh heard the truck driver shout that he had lost control of the vehicle and was unable to stop it before the accident.

Lawmakers and local organizations expressed their support online for those affected by the incident on Saturday.

“I pray for those who were injured in the Raleigh Christmas Parade this morning,” said U.S. Representative Deborah Ross, DN.C., wrote on Twitter.

The Holly Springs High School Dance Program in Holly Springs, North Carolina said he was sending “prayers for the dancer, the family and the CC & Co. dance community.”

The dance troupe, CC & Co. Dance Complex, did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

The group shared footage on social media early Saturday, writing that the dancers were “so excited” to be in this year’s parade.

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