Multiple fatalities after SUV plows through Wisconsin holiday parade

By Meg Wagner, Veronica Rocha and Helen Regan, CNN

Updated 8:37 a.m. ET, November 22, 2021
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8:37 a.m. ET, November 22, 2021

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1:10 a.m. ET, November 22, 2021

At least 5 dead in parade tragedy, Waukesha city government confirms

From CNN’s Andy Rose

At least five people are dead and 40 injured after a vehicle barreled through a holiday parade in Waukesha, Wisconsin, on Sunday, according to the city government.

“At this time, we can confirm that 5 people are deceased and over 40 are injured,” the government posted on its social media sites late Sunday.

“However, these numbers may change as we collect additional information," it added.

 A large section of Main Street remains closed as the investigation continues.

11:42 p.m. ET, November 21, 2021

Green Bay Packers release statement on Waukesha tragedy

From CNN's Joe Sutton

The Green Bay Packers have released a statement this evening offering their condolences and thoughts to the community of Waukesha. 

The team, which is based in Green Bay, Wisconsin, called for the statewide community to "come together to support each other in these difficult times."

11:00 p.m. ET, November 21, 2021

President Biden briefed on Waukesha parade incident

From CNN’s Arlette Saenz

US President Joe Biden was briefed this evening on the incident in Waukesha, Wisconsin, where an SUV plowed through a holiday parade, a White House official says.

10:53 p.m. ET, November 21, 2021

Catholic priest, multiple parishioners and schoolchildren among the injured, Archdiocese of Milwaukee says

From CNN’s Joe Sutton 

The Archdiocese of Milwaukee released a statement confirming some of their members were injured in the parade tragedy, including children who attend the Waukesha Catholic school and one of their Catholic priests.

"Our prayers are with the people who have been injured and killed during the tragic incident in Waukesha," Sandra Peterson, communication director for the Archdiocese of Milwaukee, said in a statement.
"Among the injured are one of our Catholic priests, as well as multiple parishioners and Waukesha Catholic school children. Please join us in prayer for all those involved, their families, and those who are traumatized from witnessing the horrible scene."


10:36 p.m. ET, November 21, 2021

Police are working with medical examiner’s office to confirm fatalities

From CNN's Joe Sutton

Waukesha Police Chief Dan Thompson said police are working with the medical examiner’s office to confirm the identifies of the fatalities -- and will not release the number of deceased until the next of kin are notified.  

Thompson also said roads will remain closed for at least 24 hours. 

A press conference will be held on Monday at 2 p.m. ET at the Waukesha City Hall, he said.

10:26 p.m. ET, November 21, 2021

At least 28 patients are being treated following parade tragedy, according to local hospitals

From CNN’s Andy Rose

(Mike De Sisti/Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel/AP)
(Mike De Sisti/Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel/AP)

At least 28 patients are being treating after an SUV plowed into crowds at a Christmas parade in Waukesha, Wisconsin, Sunday night, two local hospitals said.

Children’s Wisconsin – a pediatric hospital in Milwaukee – says it is treating 15 patients who were hurt in the parade tragedy.

“Children’s Wisconsin immediately prepared for a surge of patients after receiving notification from law enforcement of the incident at the Waukesha Holiday Christmas Parade,” the hospital said in a written statement.
“As of 8 p.m., Children’s Wisconsin received 15 patients from the incident, with no reported fatalities at our hospital at that time.”

Aurora Medical Center-Summit, a hospital in Waukesha County, told CNN Sunday night it is treating 13 patients.

Three are listed in critical condition, four in serious condition and six in fair condition.

“We are deeply saddened by today’s senseless tragedy and our hearts are with the Waukesha community,” a statement from the hospital said.

Previously, the hospital said it was treating 12 patients.

Waukesha officials announced there were multiple fatalities in the incident but did not provide a specific number as families are notified.

9:40 p.m. ET, November 21, 2021

Waukesha school district cancels classes on Monday

From CNN’s Joe Sutton

The School District of Waukesha has canceled classes on Monday after an SUV plowed into crowds at a Christmas parade in the Wisconsin city Sunday night.

"The District will have additional counselors available at all buildings for all students and staff in need of support services,” a message on the school district website said.  

City and law enforcement officials said there were "some fatalities" and 23 people -- including 12 minors -- were injured in the incident.

A person of interest is in custody following the parade crash, police said.

9:36 p.m. ET, November 21, 2021

Rep. Scott Fitzgerald, who represents Waukesha, tweets out guidance to constituents

From CNN’s Sarah Fortinsky

Rep. Scott Fitzgerald, who represents the district in which the parade was held, tweeted out guidance to his constituents searching for family following the SUV incident.

"If you are searching for family, please go to the Waukesha Metro Center, 212 E Saint Paul Ave," he tweeted.

"I continue to monitor the situation as full details come to light and I’m thankful for all of the first responders who are answering the call for help," he wrote in a subsequent tweet.