Van slams into Gulf Shores band at Mardi Gras parade; 11 injured


A vehicle has struck several high school band members marching in the Gulf Shores Mardi Gras parade. Multiple people were struck and were attended to right away by emergency responders on the street.

FOX10 News has learned 11 members of the Gulf Shores High School Marching Band have been transported to local hospitals. Three of those 11 band members are in critical condition, according to a city official. 

The city of Gulf Shores has canceled the Mardi Gras parade. 

The incident happened just as the parade was beginning around 10 a.m. Witnesses told FOX10 News a white van with MOAA on its sides and driven by an elderly man drove into the band.

A witness said the van, which was involved in the parade, "plowed into" several band members 

Another witness said several teenagers were run over, and other band members were among those who ran to their aid, attempting to pull them from underneath the van.

A band member roll call was taken soon after the incident. 

U.S. Highway 59 in the immediate area was closed while the injured received emergency attention.

FOX10 news is on the scene and will have more on this developing story.

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