Raleigh Christmas Parade Crashes, Kills Child After Float Hits Dancers

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A child was killed Saturday morning after the driver of a truck pulling a float at a Christmas parade in Raleigh, North Carolina, lost control of the vehicle and crashed into a dance troupe, police said.

Three people were in the truck when the driver lost control and hit the child “at low speed,” Raleigh Police Lieutenant Jason Borneo said in a statement Saturday afternoon.

“Despite life-saving efforts by medical personnel, the child died as a result of her injuries,” Borneo said.

No one else was injured, police said.

“Today started with such joy,” said Raleigh Mayor Mary-Ann Baldwin wrote on Twitter. “The Raleigh Christmas Parade brought smiles to so many faces. My heart was so full. And now it hurts for the young girl who was tragically injured on the parade route. Praying for her, her family and our community.”

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