More than two dozen Mardi Gras revelers were injured after an alleged drunk driver crashed into a crowd watching a parade. A toddler and a police officer are reportedly among those hospitalized.
According the New Orleans Times-Picayune, a pickup truck plowed into spectators watching the Krewe of Endymion parade in Mid-City early Saturday evening. The driver, who has not yet been identified, was arrested right away.
“We suspect that that subject was highly intoxicated,” New Orleans Police Superintendent Michael Harrison told the Times-Picayune.
While five of the 28 people taken to the hospital were in critical condition, New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu told the newspaper that none of the injuries were life-threatening. He also said there is no evidence to suggest the crash was connected to terrorism.
An FBI spokesperson said, “We are currently coordinating with our federal, state, and local law enforcement partners to determine whether a federal violation has occurred.”
The Endymion parade is one of three major parades during Mardi Gras season in New Orleans. It features massive floats and over 3,000 participants, with many more spectators.