Raleigh Christmas parade crash leaves 1 injured after float hits dance troupe – USA TODAY

At least one person was injured Saturday after a truck pulling a float in a Christmas parade in Raleigh, North Carolina, crashed into a dance troupe. The driver said he lost control of the vehicle, according to local news outlets.

Helicopter video from WTVD shows a white pick-up truck driving through a crowd of dancers, causing some to move out of the way as others can be seen running. Video from the ground shows officers and parade-goers rushing to the truck and leaning up against it, attempting to grind the vehicle to a halt.

The driver of the truck screamed out of the window that he had lost control and couldn’t stop the vehicle, witnessed told WTVD.

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Raleigh Mayor Mary-Ann Baldwin said a young girl was injured in the incident.

“Today started off with such joy. The Raleigh Christmas Parade bring smiles to so many faces. My heart was so full. And now it aches for the young girl hit in a tragic accident on the parade route. Praying for her, her family and our community,” Baldwin wrote on Twitter.

The girl was taken to the hospital, WRAL-TV reported. Other girls from the dance company could be seen crying and being hugged by family members, the outlet reported.

Cheyenne Hamilton, 17, told The News Observer the parade had just started when the driver of one of her dance troupe’s floats lost control.

“The float behind us, their brakes started not working. And they were trying to get us all out of the way. But unfortunately, one of the dancers was not able to get out of the way,” Hamilton told the outlet.

Raleigh police did not respond to repeated requests for comment.

The incident comes nearly a year to the day after a man drove an SUV through a Christmas parade in Waukesha, Wisconsin, killing six people and injuring dozens more. The man was sentenced to life in prison Wednesday.

Lawmakers and local organizations expressed their support online for people affected by the incident Saturday.

“Praying for those who were injured at the Raleigh Christmas parade this morning,” U.S. Rep. Deborah Ross, D-N.C., wrote on Twitter. 

The Holly Springs High School Dance Program in Holly Springs, North Carolina, said it was sending “prayers for the dancer, family, and the CC & Co. dance community.”

The dance troupe, CC & Co. Dance Complex, did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

The group shared images to social media early Saturday, writing the dancers were “so excited” to be in this year’s parade.