GULF SHORES, Ala. (WKRG) – A Mardi Gras celebration got off to a tragic start when a SUV drove into a crowd of people before the start of a Mardi Gras parade in Gulf Shores, Alabama on Tuesday.
A city spokesperson said a 73-year-old man was driving the SUV and accelerated and hit a group of Gulf Shore High School Band members.
Twelve people, ages 12 to 17, were injured; four are in critical condition.
The SUV was on top of some of the students, the city spokesperson said.
At this time the incident appears to be a tragic accident and was not intentional. Drugs or alcohol are not believed to be a factor in the crash.
The Gulf Shores Parade is officially canceled and the parade route is closed.
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