An SUV pushed by a 73-year-old man plowed right into a Mardi Gras parade crowd in Alabama, on Tuesday, injuring a dozen members of a highschool marching band, however there was no signal the incident was intentional, metropolis and police officers mentioned.
Three of the 12 college students had been in crucial however secure situation, a spokesman for the coastal metropolis of Gulf Shores, Grant Brown, mentioned at a information convention. Officers initially mentioned 4 college students had been critically injured.
The driving force, who was not recognized, didn’t endure any accidents and has not been charged.
“This was not involving medicine or alcohol, neither is there any indication that this was an intentional act,” Gulf Shores Police Chief Edward Delmore mentioned. “Each indication is that this was only a tragic accident by an aged man driving his automobile.”
The incident occurred after the Gulf Shores Excessive Faculty band led the annual Mardi Gras parade down a state freeway shortly after 10 a.m., adopted by a 2008 Ford Expedition that was a part of a gaggle collaborating within the parade, Brown mentioned.
“After which one thing went terribly unsuitable and that automobile that was behind the band accelerated and struck the kids,” Brown mentioned.
The parade was canceled after the incident.
Police had been gathering video footage and eye-witness accounts to assist decide what induced the driving force to lose management, in line with Delmore. The driving force was cooperative, providing statements and blood samples voluntarily.
Alabama Governor Robert Bentley mentioned in a press release that he had directed the state regulation enforcement company to coordinate and help native police.
The incident got here simply days after a drunk driver was accused of hurtling a pickup truck right into a crowd of spectators at a weekend Mardi Gras parade in New Orleans, injuring 28 folks in a crash that introduced chaos to the town’s signature celebration.
The Gulf Shores Mardi Gras parade dates again to 1978.
“That is the parade that is been occurring for 39 years. These are our youngsters, these are our folks,” Brown mentioned. “I do not know the way this occurred. It’s horrible.”
(Reporting by Letitia Stein and Gina Cherelus; Enhancing by Colleen Jenkins and Leslie Adler)