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One dead as speeding car hits people in New York City’s Times Square, 20 injured

A car struck a group of pedestrians in New York’s Times Square on Thursday, causing casualties in one of the most popular tourists spots in Manhattan, an AFP photographer said.

world Updated: May 18, 2017 22:44 IST
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A wrecked car at the intersection of 45th and Broadway in Times Square.(AFP)

A speeding vehicle struck pedestrians on a sidewalk in New York City’s Times Square on Thursday, according to an announcement at nearby Reuters news agency headquarters.

The New York Police Department closed off the area.

A Reuters witness said at least 20 people were being treated for injuries on the ground after the collision at the Midtown Manhattan tourist site.

Here are live updates on the incident:

10:20pm: US President Donald Trump has been made aware of the incident and will continue to receive updates, says White House press secretary on Twitter.

10:15pm: Law enforcement official says driver who plowed into crowd being tested for alcohol.

10:14pm: Government official tell Reuters that no evidence crash linked to terrorism. Driver’s identity not yet ascertained.

10:11pm: The New York police department has closed off the area.

10:10pm: “Preliminarily it looks more like a vehicle accident than anything else,” a New York police spokesman tells AFP.

10:05pm: Driver of the car arrested, say TV reports.

10:02pm: One dead, 20 injured, says CBS New York.

10:00pm: New york city fire department on twitter says 13 patients in times square after car strikes pedestrians

9.57pm: Injured pedestrian tells Reuters driver’s actions appeared ‘intentional’

9.55pm: Reuters witness says shoes scattered at scene, one person covered in bloodstained blanket.

9.54pm: Witnesses tell Reuters vehicle drove against traffic and onto sidewalk, striking pedestrians.

First Published: May 18, 2017 21:54 IST