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5 hospitalized after U-Haul Truck crashes into pedestrians following Cleveland Puerto Rican Festival

The driver of the truck's foot reportedly slipped off of the break and onto the accelerator.

CLEVELAND — A U-Haul truck struck multiple pedestrians and a car following Cleveland's Puerto Rican festival on Sunday night.

The incident took place in the Roberto Clemente Park.

According to Cleveland Police, a 64-year-old male driver was operating the vehicle, which was being used to remove a vendor's equipment and supplies. The driver was operating in a northwesterly direction when his foot is believed to have slipped off of the brake pedal before pushing the accelerator causing the truck's left front corner to collide with the rear of a 2022 Dodge Ram.

The truck -- a 2013 Ford model --  proceeded to move in a northerly direction through vendors' tables before striking three pedestrians on the opposite side of the table. The truck then came to rest against a fence on the north side of the park.

The three people struck -- a 49-year-old female, a 45-year-old female and a 30-year-old male -- were each transported to Metro via EMS. The 49-year-old woman suffered lower body injuries, the 45-year-old  woman suffered a fractured right leg and pelvis and the 30-year-old male was confined to the burn unit after the collision overturned a fryer that caused hot grease to be spilled on him.

The driver of the Dodge Ram, a 50-year-old male, and the driver of the U-Haul truck, were both transported to Metro with unknown injuries.

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