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Car Crashes At Oregon Festival; 24 Injured

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File photo of an outdoor festival. (Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images)

File photo of an outdoor festival. (Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images)

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ONTARIO, Ore. (AP) — A car crashed into the bandstand area at a festival in eastern Oregon afternoon Saturday, injuring two dozen people

Melissa Grimes of Ontario told the Idaho Statesman newspaper she saw the green car driving fast, then heard a huge crash when it jumped a curb, plowed through a metal barrier and into the spectator stands.

“It was like something from the “Dukes of Hazard,”” she said.

Grimes, a certified nursing assistant, ran to see if she could help. “I dropped my shoes, my phone, my purse,” she said.

Elizabeth Duncan, spokeswoman for the Saint Alphonsus Health System, said 23 people were taken to its hospital in Ontario and one was taken to its trauma center in Boise.

None of the injuries appeared to be life-threatening. Some people had broken bones and possible internal injuries.

An Ontario Police Department dispatcher said the driver has been taken into custody.

The crash occurred just after 2 p.m. at Lions Park in a city just west of the Idaho state line. The spectators attending the annual America’s Global Village Festival were watching entertainers on the main stage.

The park is across the street from the hospital, Grimes said, so paramedics were there quickly. She saw several injured people, including a young boy with a hurt knee, and an elderly woman lying under the stands.

Within minutes, she said, emergency crews were carrying people to ambulances on gurneys.

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