View Full Version : 4 critically wounded as car strikes marching band at Mardi Gras parade

02-28-2017, 02:58 PM
By Holly Yan and Tina Burnside, CNN
Updated 1:22 PM ET, Tue February 28, 2017

(CNN) [Breaking news update at 1:04 p.m. ET]

Twelve members of the Gulf Shores High School marching band were injured, four of them critically, when a car plowed into the band at a Mardi Gras parade Tuesday in Gulf Shores, Alabama, city spokesman Grant Brown said.

Brown said the car was driven by a 73-year-old man who accelerated and hit the band. It was not immediately clear why the driver accelerated, but authorities do not believe the crash was intentional.

"Every indication is that it was a tragic accident by an elderly man," Gulf Shores Police Chief Ed Delmore said.

Brown said there was no indication that drugs or alcohol were involved.

Terrible accident (http://www.cnn.com/2017/02/28/us/alabama-mardi-gras-parade-crash/index.html)

02-28-2017, 04:39 PM
Sometimes elderly drivers panic and hit the gas when they intend to hit the brake.

It's still a horrible tragedy.

02-28-2017, 05:26 PM
That is twice this week.