2 dead, 20 injured in Texas parade crash

By Evan Perez, CNN • Updated 24th June 2017

Two people were killed and more than 20 were injured when a white Dodge Charger crashed into a crowd of people and plowed into the crowd along a major parade route during the annual Texas Thanksgiving Day parade in Houston.

The crash happened at 8:28 a.m. CDT at the parade route along Interstate 10, the Houston Police Department said. The area is an upscale, predominantly Hispanic area of downtown Houston.

Two people were pronounced dead at the scene. Four more victims died at a hospital, police said. Their conditions weren’t immediately known.

The driver of the vehicle was arrested at the scene.

Law enforcement said the crash was being investigated as a case of “operator error,” which may have involved a medical issue, among other possible reasons. Investigators won’t know that for sure until toxicology tests are complete, police said.

A witness told CNN affiliate KTRK that a person in a silver SUV intentionally ran over people in the parade.

The intersection where the crash happened is the same one where an 18-year-old man plowed a vehicle into a crowd of spectators at a Texas A&M University football game in 2012, killing a woman and injuring several others.

A police officer said the driver of that vehicle, a red Mitsubishi, was emotionally disturbed.

Police didn’t have information about the man arrested Friday.


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