Car barrels through Virginia parade crowd, witnesses say

(Associated Press)-- Witnesses in southwestern Virginia say a car has driven into a crowd at a parade. Several people appear to be hurt, but the nature of their injuries wasn't immediately known.

The accident occurred around 2:30 p.m. Saturday during the Hikers Parade at the Trail Days festival. The event is celebrates the Appalachian Trail in Damascus.

A call to Damascus police was handled by the Washington County Sheriff's Office. A dispatcher said she had no immediate information.

State Police spokeswoman Corinne Geller says troopers have been sent to the scene but she had no further information. She says Damascus police are handling the release of information.

Witness Debra McCown says the car came from a side street. She says a thud was heard and some yelled for the car to stop.


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