Berwick mass casualty: Car allegedly drives into crowd at fundraising event

Several people have been injured after a car reportedly slammed into a crowd Saturday evening at a fundraiser in Berwick, Pennsylvania.

The Intoxicology Department was holding a day-long fundraiser to benefit families of the Nescopeck fire victims, according to WNEP ABC-16. The cause of the wreck, whether accidental or intentional, is unknown. The medical conditions of the victims hasn’t been released, nor have their names. The incident happened around 6:30 p.m. ET.

The name of the suspect, who has reportedly been apprehended, hasn’t been released either.

Newsweek reached out to the Borough of Berwick Police Department for more official details.

There have been reports online that three helicopters were in the area, and that a fourth was requested, along with a heavy presence of first responders. A report on the Twitter feed of 12 County (PA) Fire Wire/News Page stated that a black Honda fled the scene, went across the river and was involved in another incident in which the driver used a hammer to beat a female.

The driver is reportedly in custody.

The Nescopeck fire happened last Friday, August 5, when a fire destroyed a home in the northeast Pennsylvania area and took the lives of 10 relatives, which included three children and seven adults.

The fire reportedly began after 2:30 a.m. Friday, in which several family members were staying and a children sleepover was happening.

One firefighter who responded was a family member of those tapped inside.

“We tried the front way, the back way,” Nescopeck Volunteer Fire Co. firefighter Harold Baker told The Citizens’ Voice newspaper. “There was no way we could get into it.”

The fundraiser Saturday took place as funerals were beginning to happen.

“Tragedies like this don’t happen around here, like anything of this magnitude,” Intoxicology Department owner Lauren Hess told WNEP before the benefit.

A car reportedly plowed into a crowd of people at a fundraiser in Berwick, Pennsylvania, on August 13, 2022, and there are multiple first responders at the scene. Here, police tape hangs from a barricade at the corner of South and 3rd Streets in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, on June 5, 2022, the day after three people were killed and 11 others wounded by gunfire all within a few blocks.
Photo by KRISTON JAE BETHEL/AFP via Getty Images

Though not confirmed yet by Newsweek, the suspect in Saturday’s car crash into the fundraiser was a suspect of arson into the house fire.

This report will be updated as more details emerge.

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