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Germany: carnivals canceled after car accident

UNITED STATES (OBSERVATORY NEWS) — All carnivals in the German federal state of Hesse were canceled as a precaution after an incident with a collision with a car in a crowd in Volkmarsen, the regional police said.

“All the carnival processions taking place in Hesse in the light of this (the incident in Volkmarsen) were canceled as a precaution. This also applies to the already almost finished procession in Kidrich,” the West Hesse Police Department reported on Twitter.

Police previously reported that a car drove into a crowd at a carnival procession in Volkmarsen in northern Hesse, several people were injured. According to Bild, more than 30 people were injured, of whom one third received serious injuries.

The reasons for the incident have not been established.

Eyewitnesses quoted by German media say that the car allegedly deliberately drove into the crowd, the police say that this has not yet been clarified, and asked to refrain from speculation.

The incident occurred at the carnival on the occasion of “Pink Monday” (Rosenmontag). This day is traditionally considered the culmination of the “carnival season”. The capital of the carnival is Cologne. Volkmarsen is a small city with a population of about 7 thousand people in the north of Hesse, located 30 kilometers from the city of Kassel.

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