Vehicle Plows Into Alabama Mardi Gras Parade Crowd

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Eleven people were injured in a Mardi Gras parade incident in Gulf Shores, Alabama, Tuesday morning when a vehicle drove right into a crowd of people before the parade started.

Reportedly, the vehicle was one that was a part of the parade and drove over several members of a high school marching band, injuring 11 and leaving three in critical condition. Nine children were taken to the hospital.

Witnesses say the driver of the vehicle is distraught and is fully cooperating with officials.

The parade has been canceled. This is a developing story.

UPDATE:  At a press conference Tuesday afternoon, officials said there were 12 band members, ages 12-17, were injured, with 4 in critical condition.

The SUV that plowed into the group was driven by a 73-year-old man, and appears to be a tragic accident.

Just three days earlier, a drunk driver plowed through another Mardi Gras parade crowd in New Orleans, Louisiana, injuring at least 21 people.

 

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