Car Plows into Crowd at Mardi Gras Parade in New Orleans, Louisiana, 21 Revelers Injured

Car Plows into Crowd at Mardi Gras Parade in New Orleans, Louisiana, 21 Revelers Injured

The driver who injured 21 New Orleans paradegoers on Saturday night by plowing into a crowd, appeared drunk, the New Orleans Advocate reports.


Police originally reported about a dozen people injured at the scene, after a reportedly silver truck hit people watching the Krewe of Endymion parade in the Mid-City section of the popular Mardi Gras town.

The crash was located near Orleans and Carrollton Avenues.

The Times-Picayune noted the crash occurred around 6:45 p.m. local time. The truck reportedly hit a white Chevy Malibu, sending it into a utility pole and a dump truck.

One person was arresed by authorities, the site notes.

Ambria Washington, spokeswoman for the New Orleans Poilce Department, first indicated the number of victims was around a dozen, before it increased to 21. She also noted that the investigation was ongoing.

Victims of the horrific crash range in age from about 3 to 40 years old, the Advocate also notes.

Those injured were taken to seven different area hospitals.

Shaken paradegoers leave the scene after a truck slammed into a crowd and other vehicles at Orleans and Carrollton Aves. during the Krewe of Endymion parade. (GERALD HERBERT/AP)

In the immediate aftermath, family members anxiously scanned the scene to see if their loved ones were OK.

A witness told the Advocate that the truck whizzed by so fast she could feel a “rush.”

Another woman at the scene, Kourtney McKinnis, 20, said the driver appeared to be “unaware” of what had went down. McKinnis dodged the vehicle with her father. She told the site she just wanted to “get out (of) here.”

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