Police: Car plows into Mardi Gras parade in New Orleans, 28 people hurt

Posted at 8:11 PM, Feb 25, 2017
and last updated 2017-02-26 00:45:44-05

Authorities say more than two dozen people were hurt when a vehicle crashed into a crowd watching the Krewe of Endymion parade in the Mid-City section of New Orleans.

Police Chief Michael Harrison says one person in custody and that he is being investigated for driving while intoxicated.

Harrison was asked twice about a possible connection to terrorism. While he didn't say "No," he said the incident looks like a case of DWI.

Harrison says that 21 people were hospitalized after the crash with five victims in guarded condition. Seven others declined to be hospitalized.

The Krewe of Endymion is one of many parades held in the days leading up to Mardi Gras on Tuesday. It typically draws 30,000 spectators, according to Mardi Gras New Orelans.