GULF SHORES, Ala. (WKRG) – A tragic start to Mardi Gras Day on the Gulf Coast. A car drove into a crowd of people before the start of the parade in Gulf Shores. The Gulf Shores High School marching band was in the area of the crash.
According to a city spokesperson, a late model SUV driven by a 73-year-old man struck the Gulf Shores Marching Band at the start of the parade.
Twelve bandmembers were struck by the SUV and four of the victims are in critical condition.
It is unknown whether alcohol or drugs played a factor, but authorities do not expect criminal intent. The driver and the vehicle are in police custody. Charges could be filed against the driver, but at this time, police have not made that determination.
The victims range in age from 12 to 17.
The FBI did reach out to Gulf Shores officials to help in the investigation. The City turned down the offer because they do not believe the driver had criminal intent.