SUV plows into parade crowd injuring 12 students

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Several members of a marching band in Alabama have been injured after a white van plowed into a crowd during a Mardi Gras parade.

Twelve members of a high school marching band taking part in a Mardi Gras parade in Gulf Shores, Alabama were injured Tuesday after an SUV plowed into the crowd, said police.

Four of the victims were in critical condition. 

The driver was identified by police as a 73-year-old man. No alcohol or illegal substance was believed to be involved.

Cops said it appeared the incident was accidental.

The parade was about to begin when the van, part of the parade, struck the students ages 12-17.

Ambulances rushed to the scene to remove the injured to various hospitals.

An update by officials was expected later in the day.