It was not immediately clear if it was a deliberate attack. The driver was arrested.
According to US media reports, at least one person died after a truck driver ran over two participants in an LGBTQ pride parade this Saturday in the southern Florida city of Wilton Manors.
It was not immediately clear if it was a deliberate attack.
The incident occurred at the beginning of the LGBTQ pride commemoration parade in the town of Wilton Manors, near Ft. Lauderdale. The driver was arrested.
The truck was lined with floats for the parade, but the driver hit the gas and ran over people, the media said Local 10 News.
At least two men were run over, and one was killed, Fort Lauderdale Mayor Dean Trantalis, who was at the parade, told the station.
The truck had actually targeted the car of a Democratic congresswoman, Debbie Wasserman Schultz, who was in a convertible waiting to participate in the rally but narrowly missed her target, she explained.
"This is a terrorist attack against the LGBT community," Trantalis told Local 10 News.
"It is precisely what it is. It was deliberate, it was premeditated, and it was directed against a specific person. Fortunately, they did not reach that person, but unfortunately, they did hit two other people. "
Local police have posted on their social networks that the parade has been canceled due to a "tragic incident." However, they stressed that "there is no danger to the public."
The truck driver has declared to the police that his foot had jammed between the accelerator pedal and the brake pedal, which has made him lose control of the vehicle, according to CBS Miami.
However, the security forces have not made any official statement on whether there are indications that the accident was intentional.
Despite this, Trantalis had told the WSVN television network that the driver had acted as if he were part of the parade because he was on the march route when the authorities demanded that he leave the place.
Florida Agriculture Commissioner Nikki Fried, who was at the event, has written on her Twitter account that the vehicle's driver is now in police custody and has conveyed her condolences for what happened.
Along the same lines, Florida's representative in the House of Representatives, Ted Deutch, has used this same social network to express being "devastated by the horror" seen in the parade. "I am so sorry, Wilton Manors. I'm very sorry, friends", he has published.