For the second time in less than a week an out-of-control car has plowed into a Mardi Gras parade, causing multiple injuries.
Police say 12 members of the Gulf Shores High School marching band were hurt, four of them critically, when a car crashed into the band during a Mardi Gras parade Tuesday in Gulf Shores, Alabama, CNN reported. TV station reports suggested the parade was yet to get underway and the SUV that plowed into band members may have been part of the parade.
Police said the car was driven by a 73-year-old man who sped up and hit the band members. It was not immediately apparent why the car sped up but police say the crash does not appear to be intentional.
Over the weekend, 28 people were injured in a Mardi Gras parade in New Orleans. Police later charged a pickup driver with drunk driving.
In the latest incident, there is no indication that drugs or alcohol was involved.
Gulf Shores Police Chief Ed Delmore said it appeared to be a “tragic accident” caused by an elderly driver. It’s not clear if a medical condition was a factor.
The incident led to the cancellation of the parade. At least three of the people who sustained injuries were taken to South Baldwin Regional Medical Center.
A report on Fox News suggested the vehicle that hit the band may have been a part of the parade. However, police are still looking at whether the driver played a role in it.
The SUV reportedly had the letters MOAA on its side. MOAA are the initials of the Military Officers Association of America.
The Department of Homeland Security said it was monitoring the situation.
Incidents in which vehicles drive into crowds occur with an alarming regularity in the United States, although none of them have been caused by terrorists like the attacks in Nice and Berlin.
In 2015, a woman mounted a sidewalk and deliberately drove into a crowd on The Strip in Las Vegas, killing a pedestrian and injuring more than 30.
A judge later ordered the driver, Lakeisha Nicole Holloway to be sent to a state mental hospital for evaluation, declaring her unfit to stand trial.
Every year pedestrians lose their lives in Hampton Roads through the actions of drunk, distracted, negligent or speeding drivers.
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