Witness Of Parade Crash Says ‘Horrifying’ Scene Included People ‘Lying Lifeless’ In Middle Of Street

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A man who witnessed the deadly Wisconsin parade crash said he saw several people “lying in the middle of the street…lifeless” while speaking Monday morning on CNN’s ‘New Day’.

Angelito Tenorio, from nearby West Ellis, told CNN he was in the parade campaigning with the Waukesha County Democrats and had just finished when the group decided to return to Main Street to watch the rest of the parade. Tenorio said that’s when he saw an SUV “zooming down along the parade route.”

“All of a sudden I heard this loud bang and immediately deafening cries … from people at the parade and it was absolutely chaotic, it was horrifying. There’s a lot of uncertainty, a lot of unknown, nobody knew if this was an attack or if it was an accident or if it was a deliberate attack on the people at the parade,” Tenorio said. “When the crowd cleared out, that’s when it looked like I saw people who appeared to be lying in the middle of the street, lying still, lying lifeless.” (RELATED: Body Cam Footage Shows Police Rescuing Woman From Sinking Car)

Tenorio said first responders rushed in and that it was difficult to determine who was injured but to him it looked like children, describing it as a “horrific scene.”

At least five people were killed while more than 40 were injured during the Sunday tragedy after a car plowed through a Christmas parade. A person of interest has been taken into custody, ABC News reported, noting investigators think “the driver may have been fleeing from a previous crime.”

The Milwaukee Dancing Grannies, a group of grandmothers who danced in the parade, posted on Facebook that “passionate Grannies” were among those killed but did not specify how many members were killed.

“Our group was doing what they loved, performing in front of crowds in a parade putting smiles on faces of all ages, filling them with joy and happiness,” the group posted. “Those who died were extremely passionate Grannies. Their eyes gleamed … joy of being a Grannie. They were the glue … held us together.”