Feb 25 2017
BREAKING! Vehicular Jihad??? Reports of up to 21 injured, many critical, as truck slams into New Orleans parade crowd
One man is in custody after ploughing his truck into a crowd at a Mardi Gras parade in New Orleans, injuring a dozen or more, many seriously. A source with direct knowledge of the incident told CNN “it appears to be a drunk driver,” and added there were no preliminary indications that it was a terrorism-related incident. (Obviously they have not checked the religion of the driver)
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.
HEAVY The New Orleans Police Department confirmed on Twitter that “a vehicle ran into a crowd of people at the Orleans and Carrollton.”
An eyewitness told NOLA.com that “he heard three crashes then a fourth loud crash, and saw the truck had come to rest against a garbage bin. Several people, including a police officer, were pinned between the truck and the garbage bin or beneath the truck.” The eyewitness told the newspaper of the driver, “He took out rows of people.”
A WDSU-TV reporter said it’s believed a drunk driver was at fault. The Advocate reported that an eyewitness at the scene “said a silver truck whisked by her just feet away as she was walking through the neutral ground at intersection.” The newspaper quoted the woman as saying, “I actually literally felt it. I felt a rush it was so fast,” adding that the truck hit a “white Chevrolet Malibu, sending it into a utility pole.” Another eyewitness told the newspaper that the driver seemed “just kind of out of it.”
You can watch a live stream from television station WVUE-TV above. Here’s more raw video below from a local TV station. Be aware that some imagery could be disturbing. New Orleans police said the number injured could grow.