Twenty-eight people were injured Saturday night when a suspected drunken driver crashed a grey pickup truck into spectators at the Krewe of Endymion parade in the Mid-City section of New Orleans, police said.
The Times Picayune reports:
The crash was reported at 6:42 p.m. at North Carrollton and Orleans avenues.
“He took out rows of people,” witness Greg McNeely said.
Officials said 21 people, including a police officer and a child, were taken to seven hospitals. Five were in critical condition. Seven other people declined treatment. The police officer’s injuries were not considered life-threatening.
The wreck came on the final weekend of Carnival and during one of New Orleans biggest parades. Endymion, known for its huge floats as well its delays, paused for about 10 minutes when the crash occurred, spectators said.