DAMASCUS, Va. (AP) - Authorities say the driver who plowed into dozens of hikers marching in a Virginia mountain town's parade won't likely face charges.

Damascus Police Chief Bill Nunley says the driver in the Saturday incident that injured about 50 people had a medical issue that caused him to lose control of his car.

Nunley says that while the investigation is ongoing, authorities haven't found any criminal intent.
He identified the driver as 87-year-old Deward Blevins of Shady Valley, Tenn., who remains hospitalized in stable condition.

Blevins' 1997 Cadillac was one of the last vehicles in the Hikers Parade at the Trail Days festival, an annual celebration of the Appalachian Trail in Damascus, near the Tennessee state line.

Most of those injured were treated and released Saturday. Two were kept at hospitals overnight.


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Original story from May 18

An emergency official says about 50 to 60 people were injured after car drove into a group of hikers at a parade in a small Virginia town.

Washington County director of emergency management Pokey Harris said Saturday that no fatalities have been reported.

The injuries ranged from critical to superficial. Three of the victims were flown by helicopter to regional hospitals. Another 12 to 15 were taken by ambulance. The rest were treated at the scene in Damascus, about a half-hour east of Bristol.

The status of the driver wasn't released. Multiple witnesses described him as an elderly man.

Authorities are still investigating, but Harris says they believe the man might have suffered a medical emergency before the accident.

The information above is from The Associated Press.

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Four people were being treated at Johnson Memorial Medical Center in Abingdon for non-life threatning injuries. That's according to Mountain States Health Alliance spokeswoman, Theresa Hicks.

One person was transported to Bristol Regional Medical Center via helicopter.

Police are continuing to investigate.

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We're following a developing story out of Washington County, Virginia.

Numerous pedestrians were stuck by a vehicle in Damascus, Virginia at the annual Trails Days Festival. That's about 2 hours south of Roanoke, near Bristol.

At least four medical helicopters and almost a dozen ambulances are assiting.

We'll bring you the latest as it comes into the WDBJ7 newsroom.