North Carolina holiday parade truck crashes, killing girl

RALEIGH, NC (AP) — A truck pulling a float for a holiday parade in North Carolina crashed Saturday, hitting and killing a girl attending the event, news outlets reported.

The driver who lost control of the vehicle and struck the child was arrested and charged with reckless driving and other offenses, the Raleigh Police Department said in a news release. Police identified the driver as Landen Christopher Glass, 20.

Witnesses told WTVD-TV that people attending the Raleigh Christmas parade heard the driver of the pickup truck screaming that he had lost control of the vehicle and couldn’t stop it before the crash.

The girl hit by the truck was part of a dance group taking part in the holiday parade, The News & Observer reported.

Olivia Bruce, a 14-year-old member of the dance group, told the newspaper that the truck almost hit her too.

“We started dancing in the parade and then all of a sudden we just heard a lot of honking. And when we turned around, we saw the truck almost on our backs, so we turned away,” Bruce said.