Moments of chaos were caught on camera at a vintage car parade in The Dalles.
Mid-Columbia firefighters said they arrived at East 2nd and Washington streets where they found a car on fire Friday afternoon.
According to The Dalles police, Ronald Madorin was driving a 1955 Chevy Bel-Air and was stopped at a stop light at the intersection of East 2nd and Washington streets.
Witnesses said he rapidly accelerated after the light turned green. Some witnesses suggested that Madorin was attempting to race a vehicle that was in the adjacent lane.
Police said it’s unclear what happened after that, but the vehicle flipped over, hit a parked vehicle and injured a number of people who were watching the classic car cruise. The vehicle also burst into flames.
One person was critically hurt and had to be life-flighted to a hospital. Police said a number of other people were also injured but less seriously.
People at the parade took to social media, posting the scary moments as flames came off the flipped-over car.
Jim Wham told FOX 12 he was waiting to get a picture of his family cruising by – when the fun parade took a turn.
“All I saw coming was this ball of flames coming at me and everyone getting up and running and getting out of the way from it,” Wham said. “It was a horrible situation that could have been really, really bad.”
Police arrested Madorin later Friday evening. Despite the vehicle he was driving catching on fire, Madorin sustained minor injuries and was released from Mid-Columbia Medical Center.
Madorin is lodged at NORCOR on charges of assault in the second degree. Bail is set at $100,000.
Police do not believe alcohol was a factor in the crash.
They said other charges may be filed, and the matter has been referred to District Attorney’s Office for further review.
Madorin is scheduled to appear in court on Monday
Anyone who witnessed the crash is asked to call The Dalles Police Department at 541-296-2613.
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