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Parade vehicle crashes on way to Metamora Days parade, one dead, several others injured

Parade vehicle crashes on way to Metamora Days parade, one dead, several others injured

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LAPEER COUNTY (WJRT) -  (08/23/14) - One person was killed and several others were injured when a parade vehicle crashed in Lapeer County, Saturday morning.

It happened at Turrill and Clark Roads in Lapeer Township at 10 a.m. The vehicle was traveling with 10 people on it, two of which were children. The rest were veterans. The parade vehicle was on its way to the Metamora Days Parade, which started at 11 a.m. The parade vehicle was about 6.5 miles away from Metamora when the accident happened.

The Lapeer County Sheriff says an elderly woman, 80 year-old Jeanette Rumptz, was driving the car that crashed into the parade vehicle. Rumptz died at the scene. Seven people were thrown from the parade vehicle. The two children suffered minor injuries, while some of the veterans are in critical condition.

Ambulances from multiple counties assisted in the accident. Some of those injured were taken to McLaren Lapeer, others were taken to Hurley Medical Center in Flint.

"They pretty much used up the resources they had. From what I understand, they had 11 people transported. There were some serious injuries. They needed more ambulances, so they called us to assist," said Dave Eady, Metamora fire chief.

The parade vehicle involved in the accident is called "The Train." It's a former RV. An attached vehicle had been converted to look like a caboose. Veterans would ride in them at Lapeer County parades. The vehicle is owned by the Voiture 40 and 8 of Lapeer post veterans organization. ABC12 spoke with a past commander of the post, who says he was suppose to be on the vehicle that morning.

"It's a tragedy. It's heartbreaking," said Wayne Jacobs, Voiture 40 and 8 Lapeer post.
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