Up To 60 injured After Car Drives Into Va. Parade

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

DAMASCUS, Va. - - Investigators are looking into whether an elderly man driving a car in the Hikers Parade in Damascus, Virginia, suffered a medical emergency before his 1997 Cadillac suddenly accelerated into the crowd.

As many as 60 people suffered injuries ranging from critical to superficial, but no fatalities were reported.

Three of the victims were flown by helicopter to regional hospitals. Another 12 to 15 were taken by ambulance. The rest were treated at the scene in Damascus, about a half-hour east of Bristol.

The Hikers Parade is part of the Trail Days festival, an annual celebration of the Appalachian Trail in Damascus, near the Tennessee state line. Damascus Police Chief Bill Nunley didn't release the driver's name or age but said he was part of the parade and had traversed the Appalachian Trail in the past.

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