UPDATE: 1:01 p.m. EST — Photos of the car witnesses said drove into a crowd of high school band students in Gulf Shores, Alabama, circulated on social media Tuesday while four people remained in critical condition. The driver, a man whose identity had not yet been released publicly, was at the city's annual Mardi Gras parade, WPMI reported


UPDATE: 12:18 p.m. EST — News of Tuesday's crash at the annual Mardi Gras parade in Gulf Shores, Alabama, followed a similar incident over the weekend in New Orleans. In that crash, Neilson Rizzuto, a 25-year-old with a high blood-alcohol level, drove a truck into a parade crowd and wounded 28 people, CNN reported.

UPDATE: 12:12 p.m. EST — Parts of Highway 59 in Gulf Shores, Alabama, were closed down Tuesday after a vehicle drove into a crowd of high school band members preparing to play at the city's annual Mardi Gras parade, WHNT reported. The Gulf Shores Police Department tweeted that it was seeking help with the investigation into the crash that injured 11 students, calling for people with photos and video of the incident to send them to authorities.

Original story:

Eleven high school students were injured Tuesday in Gulf Shores, Alabama, when a car drove into the crowd before a Mardi Gras parade, WKRG reported. The Gulf Shores Parade was canceled Tuesday as emergency responders transported the students to nearby hospitals. Three people were in critical condition.

"A teenage band has [sic] just started to march down the parade route when they were struck from behind. The vehicle was a part of the parade," city spokesman Grant Brown told WKRG.

The parade is a historic one: It started in 1978, according to its website

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