'Horrific incident': Truck ploughs into crowd during pride parade

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"This white pickup up truck dashed right through the crowd, barely missing Congresswoman Wasserman Schultz's auto by inches, and just dashed, cut through, smashed through a gate, smashed into a landscaping company, and he hit two people", Trantolis said. It then crashed into a plant nursery across the street.

Adamson said one man was pronounced dead at Broward Health Medical Center.

Detective Adamson said authorities were investigating "all possibilities" with the help of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, but did not say whether they believed the incident was intentional.

The names of the victims have not yet been released to the public.

There were immediately fears that the crash could have been on goal, amid increasing numbers and high-profile incidents of drivers hitting protesters, and Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis recently signing a law that removed civil liability for drivers who claimed self-defense in hitting protesters.

"All of a sudden there was a loud revving of a truck and a crash through a fence", Ms Currie said.

"It was definitely an intentional act right across the lanes of traffic".

Fort Lauderdale mayor Dean Trantalis, who was at the march as one of Florida's most prominent out officials, told WPLG he believed it was a deliberate attack. The other remains hospitalised with serious injuries but is expected to survive.

The pedestrians were hit near a vehicle in which Rep.

A pickup truck drove into a crowd of spectators at an LGBTQ Pride event in Wilton Manors, Florida.

"We're praying for the victims and their loved ones as law enforcement investigates, and I am providing them with whatever assistance I can", Wasserman Schultz added.

Wasserman Schultz said on Twitter that she was "heartbroken" by what had taken place. "May the memory of the life lost be for a blessing", she added.

The driver was later taken into custody.

The parade has been put on hold and police are on the scene, NBC affiliate WTVJ reports.

Justin Knight, the president of the Fort Lauderdale Gay Men's Chorus, said through a spokesman to WPLG that the driver and the victims were all members of the community. Trantalis, who witnessed the incident, described it as a terrorist attack on the LGBTQ+ community, according to WSVN-TV. There is no word Saturday night if the driver will face charges.

CNN reached out to the Fort Lauderdale Gay Men's Chorus for additional details. "Out of respect for everyone involved the parade has been cancelled and a thorough investigation is being conducted".

Wilton Manors Mayor Scott Newton confirmed the Pride event was immediately stopped and called off.



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