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Pickup truck plows into New Orleans parade crowd, 28 injured

A pickup truck driven by a drunk driver plowed  into a crowd of spectators at a parade on Saturday night in New Orleans, at least 28 people injured, police said.

Those 28 parade-goers, 21 were transported to seven area hospitals by ambulance, including  Tulane Medical Center, University Medical Center, Touro Hospital, Tulane Lakeside, Ochsner Baptist Hospital, Ochsner Main Hospital, and East Jefferson General Hospital. While other seven people declined treatment.

The victims range in age from 3 or 4-years-old to adults in their 30s and 40s, said the city’s emergency services director, Dr. Jeff Elder.

The police chief also said, that among the injured was a police officer.

“One police officer was struck by a vehicle,” Harrison said. “The mayor and I have gone to one hospital, we did manage to speak with her, she was in good spirits but is injured.”

One person in custody and being investigated for driving while intoxicated, said New Orleans Police Department Chief Michael Harrison. He said police don’t suspect terrorism.

“We suspect that that subject was highly intoxicated,” Harrison said. “He is in custody. He is being investigated right now and is at our DWI office.”

A woman talks on a phone at the scene of where a truck slammed into a crowd and other vehicles, causing multiple injuries, during the Krewe of Endymion parade in New Orleans, Saturday, Feb. 25, 2017. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)

Police talk to a man sitting in a car that was struck by a pickup truck, that slammed into a crowd and other vehicles, causing multiple injuries, during the Krewe of Endymion parade in New Orleans, Saturday, Feb. 25, 2017. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)

The incident occurred around 6:42 p.m. during one of the busiest nights of Mardi Gras in the Mid-City neighborhood at the intersection of Orleans and Carrollton Avenue, where people were enjoying and watching the Krewe of Endymion parade.

“A Chevrolet pick up truck was seen traveling eastbound on Carrollton Avenue when he struck two vehicles,” police said in a statement. “The driver then caused one of the vehicles to strike a third vehicle. He then lost control driving over the neutral ground, striking a city dump truck and hitting multiple pedestrians … The drunk driver of the vehicle was quickly apprehended on scene.”

New Orleans mayor Mitch Landrieu tweeted, “Our thoughts and prayers are with the victims injured by a drunk driver on the parade route today.”

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Our thoughts and prayers are with the victims injured by a drunk driver on the parade route today.

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Thanks to our first responders for the care you provided to the victims and others watching the parade.

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