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- 28 people were injured when a truck plowed into people in New Orleans at the largest parade of Mardi Gras
- Five are considered to be in critical condition, 21 were hospitalized and seven declined medical treatment
- A three-year-old boy was injured but is in stable condition. The oldest person injured was in their forties
- The crash happened at the corner of Orleans and N. Carrollton avenues during the Endymion Parade
- Authorities say the 26-year-old driver appears to have been ‘highly intoxicated’ and was arrested at the scene
- Police say there’s no evidence to suspect terrorism and it appears to be a drunk driving incident
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 it was an act of terrorism, instead saying 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.
Valerie, a witness, told DailyMail.com she managed to pull a young boy from a ladder to safety. She said a toddler sustained minor injuries.
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A 26-year-old man was arrested at the scene and is being investigated for driving while under the influence
A young child is treated by a paramedic at the the Endymion Parade where 28 were injured and 21 were hospitalized
An ambulance backs up as New Orleans police work at the scene where a vehicle plowed into a crowd injuring multiple people watching the Krewe of Endymion parade
Parade goers walk by a wrecked car as New Orleans police work at the scene where a a truck drove through a crowd of people on Saturday night
People gather around an injured woman after a pickup truck ran into a crowd at a Mardi Gras parade
Victims were taken to seven different hospitals throughout the city and five are in critical condition
The crash sent 21 people to the hospital with five being sent to trauma centers
Kaitlin Greetham posted on Facebook that she was in the hospital waiting on X-ray results after being injured at the Endymion Parade on Saturday evening
One of those injured is a police officer. Her condition is not considered life threatening and she is conscious.
Mayor Mitch Landrieu tweeted: ‘We are grateful that no one suffered any life threatening injuries.’
A 20-year-old woman told WWL-TV her body felt ‘numb’ hours after almost being slammed into by the drunk driver.
Courtney McGinnis said she dodged out of the way of the truck, narrowly avoiding being hit. She told the TV station: ‘I was standing in the street.’
‘If I didn’t get out of the street, it would’ve hit me.’
‘I just jumped on the neutral ground, on somebody’s table and I just looking for my daddy.’
Witnesses saw grey Chevrolet pick up truck veer into the crowd after crashing into two vehicles
A truck plowed into the crowd at the Krewe Of Endymion Mardi Gras Parade, the largest parade of Mardi Gras
People console each other as they watch New Orleans police work the scene where a vehicle plowed into a crowd injuring 28
A vehicle is seen crashed along the Endymion parade route at Orleans and Carollton during Mardi Gras
Witnesses claim the Chevrolet pick up truck veered into the crowd after crashing into two vehicles before striking a dump truck. Several people were reportedly pinned underneath the pickup truck after the accident.
Trey Klechak, a 20-year-old student at Louisiana State University who was at the scene told Nola.com: ‘We heard tires screeching, and we looked to our left and saw a dark grey Chevy 1500 Silverado and it looked like he was swerving in between people that were walking, trying to get to the parade route.’
‘There were bodies flying off the hood while he was still driving.’
‘Luckily there was a dump truck parked on the other side, and luckily when he went up on neutral ground, he slammed into the dump truck’
NOLA Mayor Mitch Landrieu tweeted that there were not any life threatening injuries from the crash
Trey Klechak, a 20-year-old student at Louisiana State University said: ‘There were bodies flying off the hood while he was still driving’
Several people were reportedly pinned underneath the truck after the accident that injured 28
A woman talks on a phone at the scene of where a truck slammed into a crowd and other vehicles
Mayor Mitch Landrieu told the New Orleans Advocate: ‘Innocent people were hurt here today. Families watching the parade’
Victims’ ages range from age three to their forties. The youngest victim, age three, is in stable condition
In a statement, the FBI said Saturday night: ‘The FBI New Orleans Division is aware of the mass casualty incident that happened along the Endymion Mardi Gras parade route this evening in New Orleans.
‘We are currently coordinating with our federal, state, and local law enforcement partners to determine whether a federal violation has occurred.’
Mayor Mitch Landrieu told the New Orleans Advocate: ‘We’ve had individuals who made really bad decisions today.
‘Innocent people were hurt here today. Families watching the parade.’
People dressed up to celebrate Mardi Gras walk away from the scene of the crash that hospitalized 21
At least 28 people are injured after a truck plowed through party-goers at the Endymion Parade Saturday evening
NOPD Superintendent Michael Harrison said there is not any evidence to suspect terrorism
The 28 injured were taken to seven different hospitals throughout the city in 10 ambulances
By 9.15pm, the wrecked truck and two cars it crashed into were cleared from the scene and the road reopened to traffic
A witness told the New Orleans Advocate that the driver did not appear to understand what had happened after the crash
Witness Greg McNeely told Nola.com: ‘[The driver] took out rows of people.’
About the truck driver, McNeely told the New Orleans Advocate: ‘He just looked young. Way to be young to be drinking like that. He looked blasted.’
One man was arrested at the scene and is being investigated for driving while under the influence. He has not yet been publicly identified. The driver is 26-years-old according to BuzzFeed News.
Parade attendee Carrie Kinsella said: ‘I actually literally felt it. I felt a rush it was so fast.’
The driver did not appear to understand what had happened after the crash and his eyes looked glazed over.
The number of people injured could increase, police said. There are not any reported fatalities at this time.
Harrison told the Advocate: ‘We tell people not to drunk drive. We tell them not to bring guns. We ask people to make good decisions.’
Spectators said the parade paused for about 10 minutes after the crash then continued along the route.
By 9.15pm, the wrecked truck and two cars it crashed into were cleared from the scene and the road reopened to traffic.
The Krewe Of Endymion Mardi Gras Parade is the largest of the 80 parades during the festivals according to Mardi Gras New Orleans.
A young reveler scream for beads during the Krewe of Endymion Mardi Gras parade before the crash at 6.45pm Saturday
Spectators said the parade paused for about 10 minutes after the crash that left 28 injured
People cheer at the parade in New Orleans earlier on Saturday before the horror crash
Courtesy: Daily Mail Online