Drunken driver injures 28 at New Orleans Mardi Gras parade | Reuters

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A pickup truck pushed by a person who gave the impression to be “extremely intoxicated” plowed right into a crowd of spectators watching the principle Mardi Gras parade in New Orleans on Saturday, sending greater than 20 folks to the hospital, police mentioned.

The truck, touring alongside the facet of the road open to site visitors alongside the Mid-Metropolis parade route, struck three different automobiles, together with a dump truck, earlier than veering onto the median the place a crowd of individuals stood watching the procession, in accordance with New Orleans police.

5 folks have been being handled at hospital trauma facilities, and an investigation is ongoing, police mentioned.

Police instantly apprehended the pickup driver, who in accordance with eyewitnesses interviewed by Fox tv affiliate WVEU-TV appeared matted, glassy-eyed and beneath the affect of medicine or alcohol.

Mayor Mitch Landrieu in an announcement referred to the suspect as a “drunk driver.”

Video footage from the scene confirmed pandemonium instantly following the early night incident, however the Krewe of Endymion parade, the biggest and hottest of quite a few Mardi Gras season parades in New Orleans, continued with little or no interruption.

A complete of 28 folks have been injured, 21 of whom have been taken to native hospitals, together with one police officer. Seven others who have been damage declined transport, Police Chief Michael Harrison informed a information convention.

Native media experiences mentioned 12 folks have been initially listed as critically injured.

Harrison mentioned police believed the motorist who was arrested was “extremely intoxicated” and was being questioned on the police division’s drunken-driving workplace.

The Federal Bureau of Investigation in New Orleans mentioned its brokers have been “coordinating with our federal, state and native legislation enforcement companions to find out whether or not a federal violation has occurred.”

The Endymion parade incident was not the one one to mar Mardi Gras festivities in New Orleans on Saturday. Earlier within the day, somebody’s gun went off by chance in a transportable bathroom alongside the route of one other, smaller parade, leaving one particular person wounded, police mentioned.

(Reporting by Catherine Koppel and Frank McGurty in New York; Writing by Steve Gorman; Modifying by Diane Craft and Mary Milliken)