(BERLIN) — A automobile slammed right into a crowd at a Carnival procession in a German city on Monday, injuring a number of folks, police mentioned.
Numerous police are on the scene in Volkmarsen, about 280 kilometers (175 miles) southwest of Berlin, and the driving force was arrested, Northern Hesse police mentioned.
Native media reported a minimum of a dozen accidents, together with kids, however police couldn’t instantly affirm the knowledge.
Video from the scene confirmed a silver Mercedes station wagon with native license plates and its hazard lights blinking on the sidewalk, whereas emergency crews walked by. The crash occurred on the south aspect of the city, exterior a grocery store.
The crash got here amid the peak of Germany’s celebration of Carnival, with the most important parades in Cologne, Duesseldorf and Mainz. A number of cities in western Germany canceled their conventional Carnival parades at brief discover on Sunday due to inclement climate.
Volkmarsen, which has a inhabitants of seven,000, is east of Duesseldorf, close to Kassel.
Police shut down the world to permit emergency crews to take care of the crash. Police mentioned they couldn’t instantly present additional particulars and urged folks to not unfold “unconfirmed stories” in regards to the crash.
Police say they haven’t obtained any stories of any deaths, and don’t have a particular variety of accidents but. They are saying it’s too early to say what induced the automobile to crash into the group.
The regional Frankfurter Rundschau newspaper reported that witnesses mentioned the driving force drove round a barrier blockading site visitors from the parade, however that it wasn’t but clear whether or not he deliberately headed towards the group.