Vehicle runs into New Orleans parade crowd, police say

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW ORLEANS) -- A pickup truck plowed into a crowd of people watching a parade in New Orleans, injuring more than 20 people, officials said Saturday.

The crash occurred at the intersection of Orleans and Carrollton Avenue, where people were watching the Krewe of Endymion parade.

New Orleans Police Superintendent Michael Harrison said one person is in custody and he is being investigated for driving while intoxicated, according to ABC affiliate WGNO-TV. He said police do not not 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."

Leslie Capo, a spokesperson at LSU Health New Orleans, said that New Orleans EMS said they transported 21 patients to 10 hospitals, and seven people declined treatment.

Among the injured was a cop, the police chief said.

"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."

New Orleans mayor tweeted that the driver was drunk, and that "We are grateful that no one suffered any life threatening injuries." 

 

 

 

 

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