One killed and another injured after truck crashes into Pride parade in US

One man has been killed and another seriously injured after a pick-up truck ploughed into a Pride event in the US.

While some witnesses said the crash in Florida appeared to be intentional, police are keeping an open mind on the cause.

The incident happened during the Wilton Manors Stonewall Pride Parade in the city north of Fort Lauderdale on Saturday night.

Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz was at the parade and said she is safe but "shaken" by the crash. Pic AP
Image:Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz says she is devastated at the death. Pic: AP

The driver and the victims were a part of the Fort Lauderdale Gay Men’s Chorus, according to the group’s president Justin Knight.

In a statement, Mr Knight said: “To my knowledge it was an accident. This was not an attack on the LGBTQ community.

“We anticipate more details to follow and ask for the community’s love and support.”

Fort Lauderdale’s Mayor Dean Trantalis said the driver of the vehicle suddenly accelerated when he was told he was next in the parade, crashing into the victims.

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In the immediate aftermath of the crash, Mr Trantalis said he believed the crash was “deliberate”.

Some witnesses believe the crash was intentional but others said it was not. Pic AP
Image:The incident happened during the Wilton Manors Stonewall Pride Parade. Pic AP
The truck driver drove into the crowd at the start of the parade, killing one person. Pic AP
Image:Some witnesses believe the crash was deliberate. Pic AP

Police said the driver was taken into custody, but it is unclear whether he has been charged.

Following the crash, Democratic US Representative Debbie Wasserman Schultz was seen in tears while in a convertible at the parade.

In a subsequent statement, Ms Schultz said she was safe but “deeply shaken and devastated that a life was lost.”

I am deeply shaken and devastated that a life was lost and others seriously injured at tonight’s @WiltonManorsCty Stonewall #Pride Parade. My staff, volunteers and I are thankfully safe.

— Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (@RepDWStweets) June 20, 2021

“I am so heartbroken by what took place at this celebration,” she said.

“May the memory of the life lost be for a blessing.”

Christina Currie, who was with her family at the start of the parade, said: “All of a sudden there was a loud revving of a truck and a crash through a fence.

I’m proud of all the BSO and local first responders who leaped into action, running into the unknown and instantly provided care for the victims.

Our prayers are with the victims and their families. Be sure to hug the ones you love tonight.” — @bsosherifftony

🏳️‍🌈 🇺🇸 ❤️

— Broward Sheriff (@browardsheriff) June 20, 2021

“It was definitely an intentional act right across the lanes of traffic.”

Broward County Sherriff Gregory Tony said: “Though authorities are still gathering information, we know two individuals marching to celebrate inclusion and equality were struck by a vehicle.

“This tragedy took place within feet of me and my team, and we are devastated having witnessed this horrific incident.”

Mark Gibson

Graduates in Northwestern University, Evanston, Illinois 1990. Move to Los Angeles California in 2004. Specialized in Internet journalism.

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