Germany carnival incident: Car slams into crowd, dozens injured

Mon 24 Feb 2020 at 18:58 International

NNA - A car slammed into a crowd at a Carnival procession in a German town on Monday, injuring dozens of people, police said.

The driver was arrested and identified as a local man, and they believe the incident was deliberate.

Police told the dpa news agency that no deaths have been reported in the crash in Volkmarsen, about 175 miles southwest of Berlin. Police said they don't have a specific number of injuries yet.

Emergency responders set up a makeshift clinic in a town pharmacy to treat casualties with minor injuries, the regional Frankfurter Rundschau newspaper reported.

Witnesses said the car drove around a barrier blocking off traffic from the parade, but that it wasn't yet clear whether the driver intentionally headed toward the crowd, according to the paper.

The crash came amid the height of Germany's celebration of Carnival, with the biggest parades in Cologne, Duesseldorf and Mainz.

Volkmarsen, which has a population of 7,000, is east of Duesseldorf, near Kassel.--AP

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