19 May 2013

Dozens hurt in USA parade incident

1:52 pm on 19 May 2013

Dozens of people were injured when a car driven by an elderly man went through a parade of hikers in Virginia, USA, on Saturday.

The incident occurred in the Appalachian town of Damascus during the Trail Days festival. The main street was filled with hikers making their way from one end of town to a park at the other.

Fire chief Ben Sanders said it appeared that the man behind the wheel "passed out'' and the car went through the crowd.

The motorist said afterward he did not remember what had happened.

for Washington County emergency management director Pokey Harris said 50 - 60 people were hurt. Most had superficial injuries.

Four were flown to hospitals by helicopter and five others were taken by ambulance, she said.

The annual Trail Days festival celebrates the town's proximity to four scenic trails that converge there: the Appalachian Trail, US Bicycle Route 76, the Iron Mountain Trail and the Virginia Creeper Trail.