Car Plows Into Band in Alabama Mardi Gras Parade, Multiple Injuries
Gulf Shores, Alabama – A car driven by a 73 year old male plowed into the Gulf Shores High School marching band from behind during a Mardi Gras Parade. Officials said there was no indication it was intentional, and the driver was said to be “aware” there was an incident.
The vehicle was a late model white SUV with the letters “MOAA” on the side. Those letters stand for “Military Officer’s Association of America.” It was likely originally part of the parade.
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Officials cancelled the event and closed off Hwy 59 in the area.
JUST IN: “Traffic incident with multiple injuries” during Mardi Gras parade in Gulf Shores, Alabama, city says. pic.twitter.com/SZBEeUfq70
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Witnesses said that the driver appeared to accelerate and “just mow them down.” There was no indication of alcohol involvement, and no names were released. The Department of Homeland Security is “monitoring” the situation, but local police say this is nothing more than a tragic accident caused by an elderly driver.
“My thoughts and prayers are with all those impacted by this tragic event at the Gulf Shores Mardi Gras parade. I have directed the Alabama Law Enforcement Agency to assist local law enforcement agencies with any resources they may need, and that coordination effort is currently underway. We will ensure all state resources needed to help with this investigation will be made available.” Alabama Governor Robert Bentley
Eleven high school band members were injured, 3 of them critically. They were ages 12-17. Some news media are reporting that 12 were injured, 4 of them critically.
This is the 2nd incident at a Mardi Gras parade in less than a week. The last one was in Louisiana and involved a drunk driver who crashed into the crowd. You can read about that here:
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