March 29, 2017

28 injured as truck plows into parade crowd,

28 injured as truck plows into parade crowd,

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

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

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

Among the injured was a police officer, 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 Police Department Chief Michael Harrison said one person is in custody and he is being investigated for driving while intoxicated. He said police do not not suspect terrorism. Read more 

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