Car ploughs into Times Square crowd; 1 dead, about 20 hurt

2017-05-18 18:44
A car rests on a security barrier in New York's Times Square after driving through a crowd of pedestrians, injuring at least a dozen people. (Mary Altaffer, AP)

A car rests on a security barrier in New York's Times Square after driving through a crowd of pedestrians, injuring at least a dozen people. (Mary Altaffer, AP)

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New York - A law enforcement official says a car that ploughed into a crowd of pedestrians in Times Square killed one person and injured about 20 others.

The official said that the driver was taken into custody after the Thursday lunchtime crash and is being tested for alcohol.

"Preliminarily it looks more like a vehicle accident than anything else," a New York police spokesperson said.

Police confirmed only that there were "multiple injuries" and one death, adding that the vehicle was on fire. A maroon sedan vehicle lay partially upended on its side on the sidewalk with smoke and isolated flames spewing out of the hood, photographs on social media showed.

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 theatre district.


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