Robert J. Bentley

12 band members struck by vehicle at Alabama Mardi Gras parade

Twelve members of the Gulf Shores marching band were struck and injured by a 2008 Ford Expedition driven by a 73-year-old Fairhope man during the start of the city's annual Mardi Gras parade Tuesday, forcing its cancellation and creating a chaotic scene at the parade's starting point.

Of the 12, three were listed in critical but stable condition at hospitals where the injured were taken to in Foley, Pensacola and Mobile. The age range of the injured students was from 12 to 17 years old, and involved a mix of middle school and high school students who comprise the marching band.

"We are very saddened by this event," Gulf Shores city spokesman Grant Brown said....