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At least 13 injured after car strikes crowd at Pennsylvania house fire benefit

BERWICK, Pa. — At least 13 people were injured Saturday after a vehicle plowed into a crowd gathered in Berwick, Pennsylvania, to raise money for the victims of a recent fatal house fire.

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According to WNEP, the crash happened at around 6:30 p.m. EDT at Intoxicology Department.

Officials with Geisinger Medical Center confirmed in a statement obtained by the TV station that they are providing care for 13 patients.

Conditions of the injured were not immediately available.

“Staff is assessing and triaging patients for appropriate care,” hospital spokesperson Natalie Buyny said in an email to NBC News.

According to the network, the crowds had gathered to raise funds for the families of the three children and seven adults killed in an early morning fire Aug. 5 in neighboring Nescopeck.

In addition to the bar where the benefit was held, people had also gathered in an “adjacent outdoor space, where various vendors and a basket raffle were set up under tents, NBC News reported.

On Saturday night, the bar posted on Facebook that it would be closed until further notice.

“Today was an absolute tragedy,” the post read. “Please respect our privacy while we grieve and try to process the events that occurred.”

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