This is an archived article and the information in the article may be outdated. Please look at the time stamp on the story to see when it was last updated.UPDATE: Police have released the name of the man they say is responsible for this disaster. Twenty-five-year-old Neilson Rizzuto was arrested on several charges. He has been released on $125,000 bond and is now under house arrest, according to the NOPD. NEW ORLEANS (WGNO) – A vehicle plowed into a crowd of people at the intersection of North Carrollton and Orleans. The people were watching the Krewe of Endymion’s parade, which draws one of the biggest crowds of Carnival. NOPD Chief Michael Harrison said 21 people have been taken to University Medical Center and nine other hospitals. Seven others declined medical attention. A suspect driving the pickup truck is in custody. The driver was driving on the opposite side of the parade on Carrollton and lost control of his vehicle. He hit a number of vehicles then drove over the neutral ground and into a crowd of people before crashing into a sanitation truck. He struck a number of pedestrians. One police officer was struck by a vehicle. She was injured but in good spirits, Harrison said. Her injuries don’t appear to be life-threatening.
“The FBI New Orleans Division is aware of the mass casualty incident that happened along the Endymion Mardi Gras parade route this evening in New Orleans. We are currently coordinating with our federal, state, and local law enforcement partners to determine whether a federal violation has occurred.”