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Accident in Hanover: Emergency services are on the Schützenplatz

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On Saturday afternoon, a car drove into a group of people during a classic car show on the Schützenplatz in Hanover. Five people were injured, according to the fire brigade and police. It was to be assumed of an accident, said a police spokeswoman. According to initial findings, there was a technical defect in the car. What kind of model it is exactly, the police did not initially say. The alleged driver of the car is known, according to the police spokeswoman.

The police initially assumed that two people were seriously injured. The press spokesman for the fire brigade in Hanover, Rainer Kunze, said after the examination of a senior emergency doctor: Four people were classified as moderately injured and one person as seriously injured. All of the injured are said to be visitors to the auto show. Further information on her identity was not yet available in the afternoon.

According to a report in the »Hannoversche Allgemeine Zeitung«, eyewitnesses reported that a Ford Mustang initially drove relatively slowly in front of a stage. Suddenly, the engine roared and the brakes squealed. After several meters of driving at full throttle, the car turned left into the groups of people. According to the newspaper, the driver was apparently in shock and reported that he was still trying to pull the ignition key.

Fire department spokesman Kunze said the scene of the accident was a demonstration area. A show car had set in motion – "obviously not as planned". Police and fire brigade were on site with many emergency services. The police wrote on Twitter of a "major police operation". According to its own information, the fire brigade arrived with a fire engine, several emergency doctors and five ambulances.

According to the city of Hanover, the "Street Mag Show", which will take place this weekend on the Schützenplatz, is a show where American classic cars from the thirties to the eighties are presented. It is said to be "Germany's largest American car & Harley show".