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Dispatcher: 50 injured when car hits parade

Published On: May 18 2013 03:05:19 PM CDT
Updated On: May 18 2013 04:22:52 PM CDT
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As many as 50 people were injured Saturday afternoon after a car plowed into parade-goers in Damascus, Va., a police dispatcher told CNN.

Of those injured, there were at lease five or six "trauma victims," the dispatcher said.

The accident occurred during a parade at the annual Trail Days festival in the town near the Virginia-Tennessee border.

The town's police chief has scheduled a 6 p.m. ET news conference.

The car came from a side street, witness Debra McCown told The Associated Press. She said a thud was heard and someone yelled for the car to stop.

The wire service it was not known what caused the car to drive into the crowd.

Witnesses told the AP that the car had a handicapped parking sticker and it went more than 100 feet before coming to a stop.

"He was hitting hikers," Vickie Harmon, of Damascus, told the AP. "I saw hikers just go everywhere."