Victims get help and a man who appears to be the driver sits in the car.
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Victims get help and a man who appears to be the driver sits in the car.

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Accident occurs during the Hiker's Parade at the Trail Days festival

Of the injured, there are five or six "trauma victims,'' a dispatcher says

CNN —  

As many as 50 people were injured Saturday afternoon after a car plowed into parade-goers in Damascus, Virginia, a police dispatcher told CNN.

Of those injured, at least five or six were “trauma victims,” the dispatcher said.

A 1997 Cadillac plowed into a parade crowd in Virginia on Saturday, injuring dozens of spectators and leaving others pinned underneath the car.

Dalton Thomson told CNN affiliate WCYB that he was pushed out of the way of the oncoming car by a hiker.

“We all looked back. There were hikers on top, hikers under the car,” he said. “It was unreal.”

CNN’s Janet DiGiacomo and Jennifer Moore contributed to this report.