SUV crashes into Mardi Gras marching band; 12 students injured

Mardi Gras parade crash
Medical personnel respond to a crash that injured multiple teens during a Mardi Gras parade in Alabama. (WKRG)

GULF SHORES, Ala. (WKRG/WOOD) — A dozen students were  injured when an SUV drove into a crowd before the start of a Mardi Gras parade in Alabama.

The Baldwin County School System confirmed to our  Mobile sister station WKRG that 12 children between the ages of 12 and 19 were injured; six were from Gulf Shores middle school and the other six were from the high school.

Investigators confirmed to WKRG that the driver was a 73-year-old man who was in a vehicle representing the Baldwin County chapter of the Military Officers Association of America.

“A teenage band has just started to march down the parade route when they were struck from behind. The vehicle was a part of the parade,” says Grant Brown, a spokesperson for the city of Gulf Shores.

Brown told the Associated Press there is no indication the crash was anything other than what he calls a “horrific accident.”

Multiple ambulances were at the scene Tuesday morning, loading several patients onto stretchers. One victim was airlifted to the hospital.

The collision shut down portions of Highway 59 and surrounding roads and ended the Gulf Shores Parade.

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