112 Andalucía emergency services at the scene this Thursday evening, 5 January. / ABC

One dead and five injured after vehicle loses control and crashes into crowd during Three Kings parade in Spain

Eyewitnesses said that a tractor pulling the float of Balthazar lost control and ran into a group of people in the Seville municipality of Marchena

JESUS DIAZ / MARTIN LAINEZ / CARMEN GLEZ MARCHENA.

One person has died and five others have been injured, two seriously, in an accident that happened this Thursday afternoon, 5 January, during the Three Kings parade in the Seville municipality of Marchena.

The accident happened at 8.15pm in the Plaza de San Andrés. Several people called the 112 Andalucía emergency number to raise the alarm that a tractor participating in the parade had lost control and had run over a group in its path.

According to eyewitnesses, the vehicle unhooked from one of the floats as it passed through the square and careered downhill until it crashed into a wall, which was what stopped it.

The 112 Andalucía service has confirmed that there is one deceased and five injured, two of them seriously, including one minor.

Firefighters, Guardia Civil, Local Police and health workers at the event rushed to the scene to to help with the rescue and first aid efforts.

According to the emergency services, the young child has been rushed to the emergency department at the Virgen del Rocío hospital in Seville and the other seriously injured person has been transferred to the traumatology department at the same hospital. The other three less seriously injured are being treated at a health centre in Osuna.

Municipal sources have confirmed that before the parade began, all the drivers of the tractors were tested for alcohol and drugs, all of which were negative. After the accident, these tests were repeated again on the driver of the tractor involved, who suffered an anxiety attack and had to be transferred to a health centre.

In addition, the mayor of Marchena, María del Mar Romero Aguilar (PSOE), has suffered an anxiety attack and is being treated by the health services in a building near the scene.

Police have opened an investigation into the cause of the fatal accident.

Ten years after another deadly Three Kings accident

This latest accident comes just ten years after a similar one occurred in Malaga. A six-year-old boy died on 5 January 2013 after being run over by one of the floats that made up the procession of the Three Kings parade in the city.