Cars ram float in Wisconsin parade, killing two

Waukesha, WI (CNN) — A white, four-door SUV plowed into a large parade float in Waukesha, Wisconsin, early Tuesday, killing two people and injuring at least 25 others.

State Trooper Ted Franklin told CNN the SUV ran into the back of the parade float, driven by 22-year-old Ariana Eunice of Brookfield, that was decorated with Christmas lights.

“I just heard a big boom,” a witness told CNN affiliate WISN. “I looked over and saw people flying in the air.”

Pictures showed a large SUV stopped on the float with bloodied people from the parade lying on the ground.

Franklin said the SUV that struck the float had crashed through a gate and went into the parade line.

He said the cause of the crash is under investigation and he couldn’t say what the condition of the people hurt or if they were spectators. He said there were no indications that drugs or alcohol were involved.

Police said the parade started at 9 p.m. and ended at 10:08 p.m.

Christy Lafontaine told WISN she was in a church near the intersection where the crash happened when she heard screaming.

“People were just crying and I had no idea what was going on,” she said.

Other groups are going on to the Firefighters Christmas Parade at this time, Franklin said.

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