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    28 injured, 21 hospitalized after vehicle crashes into crowd at Endymion parade

    Twenty-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.
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    Oh my god, this is terrible! I'm so glad no one was killed. At least I hope it stays that way.
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    How awful . They suspect a drunk driver?

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    Quote Originally Posted by TapToTalk View Post
    How awful . They suspect a drunk driver?
    Yeah.
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    This is just so heartbreaking to me. There is nothing more joyous and jubilant that New Orleans has to offer the world than Mardi Gras, and Endymion is among the most joyous of Mardi Gras parades. For something like this to happen at a Mardi Gras parade... it is devastating and soul killing. I have cried all day. The only time that I felt worse, besides personal tragedies, was in the aftermath of Katrina when the music stopped in New Orleans.
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    Local senseless tragedies always hit us hard. Especially at events designed for joy and fun. Sorry for you and the NOLA community.

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    Tragic.

    Makes me think of a Steven King novel I read. Not trying to make light of it but that is the first thing that popped into my head.

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    how awful. Last update I read said no one was killed. I hope that's true. How terrifying for everyone involved.
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