NEW ORLEANS MARDI GRAS PARADE TRAGEDY: DRUNK DRIVER PLOWED THROUGH CROWD, 28 INJURED WITH 5 IN CRITICAL CONDITION
( Daily Mail ) At least 28 people have been injured when a truck plowed into party-goers at a Mardi Gras parade in New Orleans.
The crash happened at the corner of Orleans and N. Carrollton avenues at around 6.45pm during the Endymion Parade. At first the driver tried to weave through the crowd. Then he accelerated through the masses sending ‘bodies flying off the hood’ of his Chevrolet pick up truck.
NOPD Superintendent Michael Harrison said there is no evidence to suspect this is terrorism and that the 26-year-old driver appeared ‘highly intoxicated’.
Victims’ ages range from age three to their forties, according to the New Orleans Advocate. In total, 21 were taken to seven different hospitals throughout the city. Five are in critical condition and are being treated at trauma centers. Seven declined medical treatment.