WILTON MANORS (CBSMiami) — One person is dead and another was injured Saturday after a truck slammed into spectators at the Stonewall Pride Parade in Wilton Manors.
Fort Lauderdale Mayor Dean Trantalis confirmed the crash, which he said was inches from hitting Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz's car.
Wasserman Schultz said she's "deeply shaken and devastated that a life was lost and others seriously injured."
Two people were directly hit as a result of the incident. Broward Sheriff Gregory Tony confirmed one person died.
The second victim was taken to Broward Health Medical Center. While they are in critical condition, they are expected to survive.
A third person was hospitalized with nonrelated injuries.
Florida Agricultural Commissioner Nikki Fried, who was at the parade, said the driver was taken into custody.
A witness said the driver was wearing a pride shirt and that truck, which had a pride flag on it, was participating in the parade.
A senior official briefed on the incident tells CBS4 that the initial indications are that this was an accident.
The driver of the truck is telling police that his foot was stuck between the gas pedal and the brake causing him to lose control of the truck, the official said.
The official also warned that the investigation is in it very early stages and more information is likely to emerge.
While the two victims and driver have not been identified, Justin Knight, president of the Fort Lauderdale Gay Men's Chorus, confirmed they were all members of the organization.
"Our thoughts and prayers are with those affected by the unfortunate accident that occurred when the Stonewall Pride Parade was just getting started. Our fellow Chorus members were those injured and the driver is also a part of the Chorus family," Knight said. "To my knowledge, this was not an attack on the LGBTQ community. We anticipate more details to follow and ask for the community's love and support."
Wilton Manors PD tweeted Saturday night that the parade was canceled due to the "tragic event."
However, the department added the festival events would continue as "there is no danger to the public."
Fort Lauderdale PD, Wilton Manors PD and the FBI are working together "to conduct a thorough and complete investigation."
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