The driver who injured 21 people after he crashed his truck into a crowd watching Endymion’s parade near Carrollton and Orleans avenues Saturday in New Orleans appeared drunk, officials said.
The 21 victims range in ages from 3-4 years old to up to 40-or-so years old.The injured were taken to seven different area hospitals.
EMS Director Jeffrey Elder said that 21 people were brought to area hospitals, including five who were brought to a trauma center.
“Those brought to the trauma center were in guarded condition with no serious life threats at this time,” Elder said.
Elder said that paramedics stationed nearby were aided by bystanders and medical professionals who were in the crowd when the crash happened.
One person has been arrested.
Police say 12 people were injured when a vehicle plowed into a crowd watching the Krewe of Endymion parade in the Mid-City section of New Orleans.
The crash was reported Saturday at about 6:45 p.m.
New Orleans Police Department spokeswoman Ambria Washington says that “initial reports show so far that about a dozen people are in critical condition.”
She says that number could increase as the investigation continues.
One woman at the scene told The New Orleans Advocate (http://bit.ly/2miOHGP) that a silver truck whisked by her just feet away as she was walking through the intersection.
Carrie Kinsella said, “I felt a rush it was so fast.”
Twenty-year-old Kourtney McKinnis told the Advocate that the driver of the truck seemed almost unaware of what he had just done.
“He was just kind of out of it,” she said.