BERLIN — German police say that dozens of people were injured, several of them seriously when a car slammed into a car at a Carnival parade in a small town.
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 couldn’t provide a specific number of injuries and they refused to release any details on the driver.
Police told dpa it wasn't yet clear whether the driver had suffered some sort of a medical issue, if there was a mechanical problem with the car or whether the vehicle was intentionally driven into the crowd.
Local media reported at least a dozen injuries, including children, but police couldn't immediately confirm the information.
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.
Video from the scene showed a silver Mercedes station wagon with local license plates and its hazard lights blinking on a sidewalk, while emergency crews walked by. The crash occurred on the south side of the town, outside a supermarket.
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.
Police in Western Hesse state tweeted that all other Carnival parades in the state Monday were ended after the crash as a precaution.
Police shut down the area to allow emergency crews to deal with the crash. Police said they couldn’t immediately provide further details and urged people not to spread “unconfirmed reports."