NEW ORLEANS, La. — One man is in custody after an accident at a Mardi Gras parade in New Orleans injured at least 28 people, five seriously, officials said.
Police Chief Michael Harrison said it appeared the suspect, who was driving a pickup truck that hit two cars before running into the crowd, was likely highly intoxicated.
Harrison said, “It appears to be a drunk driver,” and added there were no preliminary indications that it was a terrorism-related incident.
“Our thoughts and prayers are with the victims and their families,” said Mayor Mitch Landrieu. “We are grateful that none of the injuries appear to be life-threatening. I want to thank all of our emergency personnel for responding quickly, aiding the injured, and apprehending the drunk driver.”
The drunk driver of the vehicle was quickly apprehended on the scene.
The incident occurred near the intersection of Orleans and Carrollton Avenues where the Krewe of Endymion parade was underway
Video from Sister-station WGNO showed a gray pickup truck that had run into a dump truck near the intersection.
Witnesses told the station that the pickup came down one of the streets and struck several cars before hitting people in the crowd watching the parade.
"I saw the gray truck flying down Carrollton Avenue," a female witness told WDSU. "He sped up and he lost control and you could see was getting ready to turn and I knew he was going to run into all those people."
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CNN's Ralph Ellis and Artemis Moshtaghian contributed to this report.