A Christmas parade on Saturday in Raleigh, North Carolina briefly turned chaotic as a truck pulling a float reportedly lost its brakes and began to drift through the parade without stopping:
Witnesses told WTVD-TV that people attending the Raleigh Christmas Parade heard the truck's driver screaming that he had lost control of the vehicle and couldn't stop it before the crash.
One person was taken to a hospital by ambulance, The News and Observer reported.
That person was a girl that was participating with a dance troupe in the parade. She died of her injuries.
The driver of the truck, a 20-year-old man, was arrested and charged with multiple felonies.
The RPD said the driver of the truck, 20-year-old Landen Christopher Glass, has been charged with misdemeanor death by motor vehicle, careless and reckless driving, improper equipment, unsafe movement and carrying a firearm in a parade. The girl, who has not been identified, was a member of CC & Company Dance Complex, a widely respected dance school on Six Forks Road in Raleigh.
In various social media comments, people pointed out that the truck appears to have had modifications to the braking and suspension systems that may have caused the incident.
One thing is for certain: It could've been much, much worse.
The reason it wasn't was because of the group of heroes that jumped in front of the truck to literally bring it to a stop:
The truck could have easily kept on going. It would take a few hundred men to stop a V8 towing beast like that.
The driver, who was screaming and panicking, easily might have hit more people in the crowd.
Despite the fact that these guys could have been flattened by the truck themselves, they got in there and got to work. Some tried to brace themselves against the truck while others got close to the driver to get the emergency brake pulled or the engine turned off.
These guys are examples of real masculinity.
In the face of tragedy, be like them.