Vehicle slams into high school band during Alabama Mardi Gras parade

By Andrew V. Pestano  |  Feb. 28, 2017 at 1:24 PM
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Feb. 28 (UPI) -- A vehicle plowed into a high school marching band during the start of a Mardi Gras parade in Gulf Shores, Ala., on Tuesday, injuring at least 11 people.

Most victims' injuries were fractures and lacerations, officials said. At least three people were in a critical condition. Officials have taken all victims, which include students, to local hospitals.

Police said the incident occurred on Highway 59, which is now closed. The parade was canceled.

Officials have launched an investigation into the incident. Gulf Shores Police asked people who witnessed the incident or who captured videos or photos of the incident to contact a lieutenant.

WPMI Local 15 reported witnesses said the driver's foot slipped off the brake pedal and onto the accelerator, which caused the car to slam into the Gulf Shores High School marching band from behind.

"A teenage band has just started to march down the parade route when they were struck from behind. The vehicle was a part of the parade," Grant Brown, a spokesperson for the city of Gulf Shores, told WKRG News 5.

The incident in Alabama follows a similar one in New Orleans in which a man who drove a vehicle into a Mardi Gras parade crowd on Saturday, injuring at least 28 people, had a blood alcohol content of 0.232 percent -- nearly three times the legal limit.

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