http://www.nola.com/traffic/index.ss...cart_big-photoTwenty-one people were injured Saturday night (Feb. 25) when a suspected drunken driver crashed a pickup truck into spectators at the Krewe of Endymion parade in the Mid-Citysection of New Orleans, police said. The crash was reported at about 6:45 p.m. at North Carrollton and Orleans avenues.Story byBeau Evans
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"Initial reports show so far about a dozen people are in critical condition," police spokeswoman Ambria Washington said. "That number could increase as the investigation is ongoing."
Officials later said 28 people, including a police officer and a child, were taken to seven hospitals. Five were in critical condition. Seven declined treatment. The police officer's injuries were not considered life-threatening.
More than 20 hurt when vehicle plows into Endymion parade crowd
The wreck came on the final weekend of Carnival and during one of New Orleans biggest parades. Endymion, known for its huge floats as well its delays, paused for about 10 minutes when the crash occurred, spectators said.
Greg McNeely said he was watching the parade when a pickup sped through the intersection. He said he heard three crashes then a fourth loud crash, and saw the truck had come to rest against a garbage bin. Several people were pinned between the truck and the garbage bin or beneath the truck.
A young man was behind the wheel. "He took out rows of people," McNeely said.
Harrison said the driver was arrested. "We suspect that that subject was highly intoxicated," he said. Mayor Mitch Landrieu said there was not evidence to suggest terrorism.