Ger­man man drives car into crowd, in­jures at least 30

Times-Herald (Vallejo) - - WEATHER - By David Ris­ing and Frank Jor­dans

BERLIN >> A man in­ten­tion­ally drove a car into a crowd at a Car­ni­val pa­rade in a small town in cen­tral Ger­many, in­jur­ing around 30 peo­ple in­clud­ing chil­dren, of­fi­cials said Mon­day.

The driver, a 29-year-old Ger­man cit­i­zen who lived lo­cally, was ar­rested at the scene in Volk­marsen near Kas­sel, about 175 miles south­west of Berlin, pros­e­cu­tors said. He is be­ing in­ves­ti­gated on sus­pi­cion of at­tempted homi­cide.

A spokesman for Frank­furt pros­e­cu­tors, Alexan­der Ba­dle, said in a state­ment that “about 30 peo­ple” were in­jured. They were taken to sur­round­ing hos­pi­tals, some with life-threat­en­ing in­juries.

The sus­pect was also in­jured, said Ba­dle.

“The in­ves­ti­ga­tion, espe­cially into the cir­cum­stances of the crime, con­tin­ues,” he said. “In par­tic­u­lar, no in­for­ma­tion can yet be pro­vided about a mo­tive. The in­ves­ti­ga­tion is ex­plor­ing all av­enues.”

“This is a ter­ri­ble act com­mit­ted against peo­ple who sim­ply wanted to cel­e­brate Car­ni­val,” said Peter Beuth, the in­te­rior min­is­ter for the state of Hesse, where Volk­marsen is lo­cated. He de­clined to com­ment on re­ports that a sec­ond per­son was de­tained fol­low­ing the crash.

Beuth said about a third of those in­jured were chil­dren, who had come to watch the pa­rade and col­lect candy that’s tra­di­tion­ally thrown into the crowds at Car­ni­val cel­e­bra­tions in Ger­many.

Chan­cel­lor An­gela Merkel sent her con­do­lences to those in­jured in the crash, wish­ing them a speedy and full re­cov­ery. She also thanked the po­lice and all med­i­cal per­son­nel in­volved.

Emer­gency re­spon­ders set up a makeshift clinic in a town phar­macy to treat ca­su­al­ties with mi­nor in­juries, the re­gional Frank­furter Rund­schau news­pa­per re­ported. Wit­nesses said the car drove around a bar­rier block­ing off traf­fic from the pa­rade, ac­cord­ing to the pa­per.

Video from the scene showed a sil­ver Mercedes sta­tion wagon with lo­cal li­cense plates on a side­walk, its front wind­shield badly smashed and hood dented, and its haz­ard lights blink­ing, while emer­gency crews walked by.

SWEN PFORTNER — DPA

Armed po­lice are seen at the site of a car crash in Volk­marsen, Ger­many, on Mon­day.

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