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UPDATE: Medical Emergency Eyed In Va. Parade Crash

Witnesses described a frantic scene and close calls after an elderly driver plowed into dozens of hikers marching in a small Virginia mountain town's parade.

Investigators say they are looking into whether the man had suffered a medical emergency before the accident. The driver was being treated and hasn't been identified.

About 50 to 60 people suffered injuries ranging from critical to superficial, but no fatalities were reported. Three of the worst injured were flown by helicopter to area hospitals.

It happened during the Hikers Parade at the Trail Days festival, an annual celebration of the Appalachian Trail in Damascus, near the Tennessee state line.

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An emergency official says about 50 to 60 people were injured after car drove into a group of hikers at a parade in a small Virginia town.

Washington County director of emergency management Pokey Harris said Saturday that no fatalities have been reported.

The injuries ranged from critical to superficial. Three of the victims were flown by helicopter to regional hospitals. Another 12 to 15 were taken by ambulance. The rest were treated at the scene in Damascus, about a half-hour east of Bristol.

The status of the driver wasn't released. Multiple witnesses described him as an elderly man.

Authorities are still investigating, but Harris says they believe the man might have suffered a medical emergency before the accident.

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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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