28 Injured After Suspected Drunken Driver Hits Mardi Gras Goers


A suspected drunken driver crashed a pickup truck into a crowd of parade watchers in New Orleans on Saturday, injuring at least 28 people, the Times-Picayune reports.

New Orleans police arrested one person and said that terrorism was not suspected in the incident, which took place at around 6:45 p.m. near Orleans and Carrollton avenues during the Endymion parade. The person arrested appeared drunk, officials told the New Orleans Advocate.

One woman at the scene told the Advocate that a silver truck drove by her just feet away as she was walking through the intersection.

“I actually literally felt it. I felt a rush it was so fast,” Carrie Kinsella said.

“Initial reports show so far about a dozen people are in critical condition,” said police spokeswoman Ambria Washington. “That number could increase as the investigation is ongoing.”

Later, officials said 28 people, including a police officer, were injured and taken to area hospitals.


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