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Out of control SUV

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BRISTOL, Vt. -

An out-of-control car careened onto a playing field striking several people including young kids at a Saturday soccer jamboree in Bristol.

Police say the orange S.U.V., driven by a parent, rammed through two vehicles before crashing onto the field of a youth soccer game. "Had those vehicles not been there he probably would've just kept going right across the field," said Bristol Police Chief Kevin Gibbs.

Five individuals injured in the accident required transportation to a hospital. "An officer is with the driver of the vehicle to investigate whether or not there was a medical issue or a criminal issue,"  said Gibbs.

The injured include an eight-year old and six-year-old Oakley Francis.

Francis's sister, Madison, said she heard the crash from a few fields away and feared the worst. "My heart just stopped and I ran as fast as I could," she said, "he was scraped up a little bit in his face, his leg was just like sideways."

Parents lifted the car. The six year-old suffered a broken femur but no life-threatening injuries.

"I heard him say that he tried to run out of the way but the car was too fast," Madison said.

Some parents did voice concern that an ambulance wasn't standing by at an featuring 88 teams and more than 1,100 in attendance.

The scene shut down a few games but the jamboree continued.

"My heart goes out to the families and the children and hope that everyones alright and that we're all back here in a safer place next year," said Paul Seyler, a parent whose child was on the field when the accident occured.

He said it's horrible to see a freak accident at a beloved annual tradition.

Bristol Police are looking for anyone who may have captured footage of the accident. They are also trying to get in contact with the driver of a green or blue minivan that also may have been involved.

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