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Van Hits Parade Crowd, One Dead

December 5, 1998

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) _ A police van ran over a curb and into a crowd of people gathering for a holiday parade downtown Friday night, killing one woman and injuring several others, authorities said.

The van was picking up intoxicated people when it somehow accelerated, smashing into the back of a squad car and then into the crowd, said Police Chief Robert Olson.

``We have no idea why the vehicle accelerated,″ he said.

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