A dozen children along with nearly a dozen adults were transported to local hospitals late on Sunday after sustaining injuries from an incident where a driver plowed through a Christmas parade in Waukesha, Wisconsin.
“The city of Waukesha Fire Department and its partners in Mavis transported a total of 11 adults and 12 pediatric patients to six area hospitals,” an official from the Waukesha Fire Department said at a news conference. “We do not have any specifics on the injuries that at this time. All the patients were transported, there are, there were some fatalities. We do not have any detailed information on the fatalities at this time.”
"There were some fatalities:" Waukesha fire department officials say they have transported a total of 11 adults and 12 pediatric patients to area hospitals. pic.twitter.com/QzXBGlQAMF
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The School District of Waukesha announced in a statement late on Sunday that it was closing schools on Monday in response to the incident.
The statement from Dr. James Sebert, Superintendent of Schools, and Dr. Joe Koch, Deputy Superintendent, said:
Several of our administrative staff and principals met this evening following the tragic event that occurred at the City of Waukesha Christmas Parade. At this time, we are working with the police department to more fully comprehend all of the tragic details of this unfortunate event.
As a result of this situation, school will be canceled on Monday, November 22, 2021, for all students in grades 4K – 12 [sic]. Additionally, the District will have additional counselors available during the school day at all buildings for all students that may be in need of support services.
A decision on school for Tuesday will be determined during the day on Monday. Our thoughts are with everyone impacted, with all who witnessed the event, and with our entire community.