99 escort wont start. no power.but rear running lights are on,wont turn off????? on 1999 Ford Escort

My car wouldnt start. hooked up jumper cables, no power coming to the dash. the rear running lights were on without the switch on or the key in the ignition. any ideas. Im headed down soon to where i left it last night

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could be alot of issues including bad connection start there