New Orleans, LA (2/22/2020) — A second person was run over and killed by a tandem float during Mardi Gras celebrations in New Orleans Saturday night. The accident occurred during the Krewe of Endymion parade around 6:55 p.m.
According to the New Orleans Police Department, an adult male, whose name and age have not been released, died after getting caught between two floats at the intersection of Canal Street and South Galvez Street. It is not immediately clear whether he was pushed into the opening by the crowd or fell while trying to catch some throws.
The victim was hit by float 14, Captain S.S. Eddie, which is the same float that killed a rider in 2008. Police rushed to the scene and performed CPR, but the victim died on the scene.
Every float after float 14 was canceled Saturday night. The City of New Orleans had a press conference shortly after the accident and decided to ban tandem floats for the remainder of Mardi Gras this year. The Krewe of Bacchus released a statement saying they would abide by this ruling for their upcoming parade.
UPDATE 2/23/2020 –
A man that was run over by a Mardi Gras parade float on Saturday night in New Orleans has been identified by family members. The accident occurred around 7:00 p.m. at the intersection of Galvez Street and Canal Street.
The 58-year-old victim, Joe Sampson, was caught between two parts of a tandem float called the Captain S.S. Eddie in the Krewe of Endymion parade.
The same float struck and killed one of its riders in 2008.
Sampson is the second person to die during a Mardi Gras parade this year in New Orleans.
Last Wednesday, 58-year-old Geraldine Carmouche was also caught between tandem floats during the Krewe of Nyx parade and was run over.
In response to these deaths, the City of New Orleans has banned all tandem floats for the rest of the 2020 Mardi Gras season.
Source: Fox 13
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