New Orleans: dozens injured after pickup truck ploughs into parade crowd
Vehicle driven by a man suspected to be highly intoxicated drove into a crowd watching the Endymion parade in the Mid-City neighbourhood
At least 28 people, including a young child, were injured when a vehicle ploughed into a crowd watching the Krewe of Endymion parade in the Mid-City section of New Orleans.
The Times-Picayune said the crash was reported at about 6:45pm on Saturday as the city prepared for the Mardi Gras celebrations.
Officials said 21 people, including a police officer, were taken to seven hospitals. Five were in a critical condition. Seven of the injured refused to be hospitalised.
The victims range in age from as young as three or four-years-old to adults in their 30s and 40s, city emergency services director, Dr Jeff Selder said.
Police chief Michael Harrison said one person was in custody.
We suspect that that subject was highly intoxicated, he said.
The citys mayor Mitch Landrieu said on Twitter that no one had suffered life-threatening injuries and thanked first responders.
Images and video from the scene were posted on social media showing the injured being stretchered into waiting ambulances.
Witness Greg McNeely told the Times Picayune he was watching the parade when a pick-up truck sped through the intersection and came to rest against a rubbish bin.
Several people, including a police officer, were pinned underneath the truck, he said.
He took out rows of people, McNeely said.
One woman at the scene told The New Orleans Advocate that a silver truck whisked by her just feet away as she was walking through the intersection.
Carrie Kinsella said, I felt a rush it was so fast.
Twenty-year-old Kourtney McKinnis told the Advocate that the driver of the truck seemed almost unaware of what he had just done.
He was just kind of out of it, she said.
Associated Press contributed to this report