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Posted at: May 18, 2017, 10:10 PM; last updated: May 18, 2017, 10:30 PM (IST)

Car rams into pedestrians in New York's Times Square, 1 dead 12 injured

Car rams into pedestrians in New York's Times Square, 1 dead 12 injured
A vehicle that struck pedestrians and later crashed is seen on the sidewalk in New York City, May 18. Reuters

New York, May 18

A speeding car crashed into pedestrians on a sidewalk in New York City’s busy Times Square on Thursday, killing one person and injuring at least 12.

Police said the incident did not appear to be an act of terrorism.

A Reuters witness said one person was covered with a bloodstained blanket after the collision, which occurred around noon at the Midtown Manhattan tourist venue.

Thousands of people, many of them visitors from around the world, pass daily through the bustling commercial area, the heart of the Broadway theater district.

The vehicle was a red Honda sedan and CBS New York Television said the driver had been removed. Television footage showed police officers restraining a man in a dark T-shirt and placing him in a police car.

Witnesses said the motorist had driven against traffic and onto the sidewalk, striking pedestrians.

“Everybody was just running, everyone was concerned for their lives,” a witness told local CBS television.

The car crashed into a pole and came to rest at 45th Street and Broadway. Seven people were being placed on stretchers, a Reuters witness said. Shoes were scattered at the scene and one person was covered by a bloodstained blanket, the Reuters witness said. — Reuters

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