Mass casualty traffic incidents ruled out as terrorism like Endymion Parade are rare, but do happen Police and emergency medical personnel respond after pickup truck plowed into a crowd near Orleans and North Carrollton avenues during the Endymion parade in New Orleans on Saturday, Feb. 25, 2017. ( Mass casualty traffic incidents such as the one that occurred at the Krewe of Endymion parade on Saturday (Feb. 25) are rare, but have been seen around the country and the world. New Orleans police have said between 28 and 32 people were injured when impaired driver Neilson Rizzuto plowed his pickup truck into two cars and a crowd of parade-goers before slamming into a parked city dump truck. A police report said Rizzuto's blood-alcohol content measured .232 on a breathalyzer test nearly two hours after the incident, nearly three times the state's legal limit of .08 to operate a motor vehicle. NOPD Superintendent Michael Harrison said authorities quickly ruled out terrorism as a motive after the heavily inebriated suspect was handcuffed and arrested at the scene. But while city officials were able to breathe a sigh of relief that this wasn't an attempt to replicate the 2016 Bastille Day attack in Nice, France, in which a terrorist drove a cargo truck through a crowd to kill 86 and injure nearly 400, it still raised uneasy questions about the vulnerability of Mardi Gras throngs along open New Orleans streets.
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