Ford Escape SUV plows through Waukesha, Wisconsin parade; Hospital treating 27 patients


A red Ford Escape sport utility vehicle plowed into crowds at the 58th annual holiday parade in Waukesha, Wisconsin, United States at 4:39 p.m. on November 21, 2021. At least 27 patients who were hurt in the tragedy are being treated, according to two hospitals.

A police officer fired his gun at the Ford Escape SUV in an attempt to stop the driver. No shots were fired from the vehicle, according to Waukesha Police Department chief Daniel Thompson.


As of 8:00 p.m., there are 15 patients being treated at Children’s Wisconsin, a pediatric hospital in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Located in Summit, Waukesha County, Wisconsin, the Aurora Medical Center-Summit told CNN that it is treating 12 patients.

Among the patients in the Aurora Medical Center-Summit, three are listed in critical condition while four are in serious condition and the other six are in fair condition. Some of the victims were members of the Milwaukee Dancing Grannies.


Because of the tragedy, the School District of Waukesha canceled classes. Authorities have found a car matching the description of the Ford Escape SUV in question.

A person of interest is already in custody but it has yet to be confirmed whether or not he or she was the driver of the SUV. Terrorism has yet to be ruled out as a motive, according to the Waukesha Police Department chief.


Waukesha is the county seat of Waukesha County, Wisconsin. The city is the part of the Milwaukee metropolitan area. 

On May 31, 2014, Waukesha girls Morgan Geyser and Anissa Weier, who were then both 12, lured their friend Payton Leutner, also 12 at the time, into the woods and stabbed Leutner 19 times to appease the fictional online character Slender Man. Leutner survived and Geyser and Weier were found not guilty by mental disease or defect.

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