Car crashes into crowd in New York, leaving one dead, 22 injured

By AFP
Published: May 18, 2017
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Police secure an are near a car after it plunged into pedestrians in Times Square in New York on May 18, 2017.  PHOTO: AFP

Police secure an are near a car after it plunged into pedestrians in Times Square in New York on May 18, 2017. PHOTO: AFP

NEW YORK: A car plowed into a crowd of pedestrians in New York’s bustling Times Square on Thursday, leaving one person dead and at least 22 others injured in what officials said was an accident.

The incident sparked instant jitters after recent deadly car-ramming attacks in London, Berlin and the French city of Nice, but officials said early evidence did not point to a terror link.

“It is believed to be an isolated incident, it remains under investigation,” New York police said on Twitter.

Firefighters said the accident took place at 45th Street and Broadway in Times Square at the start of the lunch hour. A police source said the 26-year-old man driving the vehicle was in custody.

The Fire Department confirmed one person had died and 22 people were hurt in the incident.

The maroon sedan vehicle, travelling at high speed, crashed into the group of people and ended up flipping onto its side on the sidewalk, before ambulances and police descended on the area, an AFP photographer said.

The vehicle was on fire as pedestrians lay on the ground and passers-by cried, the photographer said. He saw one person covered up with a white cloth.

Police directed traffic as passers-by looked on anxiously.

“Preliminarily it looks more like a vehicle accident than anything else,” a New York police spokesman said.

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Famous across the world for its bright lights and advertising billboards, Times Square is typically packed with tourists and office workers. It lies in the heart of Midtown Manhattan and leads to Broadway, New York’s famed theater district.

Times Square was the scene of the most serious security alert in America’s most populous city since the September 11, 2001 attacks.

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Reader Comments (4)

  • Iqbal
    May 19, 2017 - 12:04AM

    Was the driver of the car a Muslim?Recommend

  • Rex
    May 19, 2017 - 1:54AM

    Any guesses as to the background of the attacker?
    Anyone?Recommend

  • Khwaja
    May 19, 2017 - 2:05AM

    Life is precious and it is seriously sad that people suffered.

    Why is there no mention of minute routine suffering of people in other countries ? Sad

    How relevant is times Square to rest of world ?

    Why are domestic American problems always finding inroads to Pakistani media ? Recommend

  • Prada
    May 19, 2017 - 8:22AM

    Is it a terrorist attack or is it just a hopped-up maniac?Recommend

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