At least 15 people, including minors, were injured on Monday when a car broke into a carnival march in the town of Volkmarsen, in central Germany. The driver has been stopped.
The event took place around 14.30 local time (13.30 GMT), when the traditional and busy events of Carnival Monday were celebrated in this city, the address of the Kassel Police reported.
“We still don’t know if he deliberately ran over the crowd,” a police spokeswoman told the newspaper “Bild.”
According to witnesses cited by the newspaper “Frankfurter Rundschau” and local public television “Hessische Rundfunk”, the vehicle – a metallic gray Mercedez-Benz Combi – lashed out for reasons unknown to a place where a large number of spectators accumulated of the march and entered about thirty meters in the group.
The vehicle had previously skipped the ban on driving through that area, closed to traffic for celebrations. Some witnesses pointed out that the driver seemed to accelerate, an end that the police have not confirmed.
A dozen ambulances have been moved to the site, as well as numerous police officers and fire crews. The collaboration of a helicopter has also been requested, in order to transport the most serious injured.