Accident Involving MOAA Chapter Injures 12 at Mardi Gras Event

FILE PHOTO -- Revelers toss beads from the balcony of the Royal Sonesta Hotel on Bourbon Street Mardi Gras day in New Orleans, Tuesday, Feb. 28, 2017. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)
FILE PHOTO -- Revelers toss beads from the balcony of the Royal Sonesta Hotel on Bourbon Street Mardi Gras day in New Orleans, Tuesday, Feb. 28, 2017. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)

A national organization for military officers says one of its chapters was involved in a crash that injured a dozen young people during a Mardi Gras parade on the Alabama coast.

Jonathan Withington of the Virginia-based Military Officers Association of America says a vehicle representing its Baldwin County branch was part of what authorities are calling a horrible accident during the Gulf Shores parade on Fat Tuesday. Officials say four of the injured are in critical condition.

Photos from the scene show a large sport-utility vehicle decorated with a banner from the military association. Withington says he doesn't know who was driving or exactly what the vehicle was doing in the area.

Authorities have said a 73-year-old man from Fairhope was driving as part of the parade when the vehicle lurched forward and struck members of the Gulf Shores High School marching band from the rear.

Police say the driver is cooperating with authorities, and there are no signs that alcohol or drugs are involved.

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