Carnival catastrophe

On Monday, February 24, 2020, a carnival procession was underway in Volkmarsen, Germany to celebrate Mardi Gras. Families were out in the town of around 7,000 people, which is just 175 miles southwest of Berlin. 

This is one of the larger parades that takes place in Germany preceded by parades in Cologne, Duesseldorf and Mainz.

Suddenly, a silver Mercedes Station Wagon came barreling down the road with its hazard lights flashing, hood dented and windshield smashed. The car avoided hitting a barrier setup to guard the parade. The car slammed into several pedestrians before coming to a stop.

Volkmarsen Police have released the driver’s age, 29, just after the collision local news stations stated that dozens had been injured in the crash. 

Later, a spokesman for Frankfurt Prosecutors stated that around 30 people were injured. No one was killed by the impact. The driver gained minor injuries and was apprehended at the scene by Volkmarsen police.  

A clinic was set up in a nearby pharmacy to aid people with minor injuries to lessen the influx of people into nearby hospitals. 

The area was shut down so emergency crews could gain access to the injured in a timely manner. 

Police were not initially sure if the collision was intentional. However, they soon determined that the driver had planned to drive into the crowd. The motive is still unknown.  

The German Chancellor, Angela Merkel, was quick to send her condolences to those injured and their families. She also thanked the emergency personnel who were involved. 

In fear of more incidences, all further parades on Monday were cancelled due to safety concerns.

Volkmarse Police request that people refrain from spreading unconfirmed reports.