Authorities in Lincoln, Nebraska, were responding to a mass casualty incident Sunday night that left at least two people dead and many others believed to be injured after several vehicles collided and rolled into a crowd.
Two female victims were pronounced dead at the scene, both believed to be occupants of the vehicles, and 19 others were hospitalized, the Lincoln Police Department said.
“One is in critical condition. The other 18 people are believed to be in non-life-threatening condition at this time,” police said.
Videos posted online show a large fire forming from the rubble near the intersection of South 52nd Street and O Street in front of the Barnes & Noble’s Bookstore while people, some dizzy and stumbling, fled the area . The content of the videos has not been independently verified.
Lincoln Fire & Rescue officers are reportedly on the scene to put out the fire and assist victims.
According to initial reports, the incident happened after a car reportedly ran a red light, hit another vehicle and the two cars drove into the crowd.
The incident appears to have happened near the Americruise event hosted by the Midwest Association of Car Enthusiasts (MACE).
“Each Memorial Day weekend, hundreds of cars, bikes, and trucks flock to Lincoln, NE to cruise down O Street, perform their rides, and honk their horns a bit!” a description for the event read.
Several victims were treated at the scene, while others reportedly drove to the hospital themselves.
“We would like to remind everyone that the police will be no strangers to this event so PLEASE drive at your own risk and be careful of those around you! There will be large crowds along O Street and we don’t need anyone hospitalized in a wreck or worse!” Description continued.
Lincoln police are urging people to avoid the area.
https://nypost.com/2022/05/30/deadly-nebraska-crash-at-least-2-dead-19-injured-after-cars-slam-into-pedestrian-crowd/ At least 2 dead, 19 injured after cars drove into crowd of pedestrians