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A car has rammed into pedestrians in Melbourne’s CBD injuring several people, according to police and news reports.
“Police are currently attending an incident on Flinders Street between Elizabeth and Swanston streets where a vehicle has collided with a number of pedestrians. Police have arrested the driver of the car. Extent of injuries are not known at this stage,” Victoria Police said on Twitter. “Police are asking any witnesses to go to the Melbourne West Police Station at 313 Spencer Street, Melbourne and all vehicular and pedestrian traffic to avoid the area.”
The incident occurred about 4:45 p.m. local time in the busy center of Melbourne. An officer at the scene told the crowd that it was a possible terrorist incident, according to The Age. But police have not confirmed the motive for the incident.
According to the Herald-Sun, at least 16 people were injured in the incident. One of the victims is a pre-school aged child, the newspaper reports.
The driver of the car was arrested at the scene. Witnesses said he accelerated before crashing into the crowd of pedestrians.
“He has gone straight through the red light at pace and it was bang, bang, bang. It was just one after the other. The last bang the car stopped,” 20-year-old witness Lachlan Read told the Herald-Sun.”There were bodies on the ground and people running up to them – it was mayhem. It is definitely something you don’t expect to see on Flinders St at 4:45 p.m.”
Another witness, Sue, who works nearby, told The Age that she heard screams and then saw “people flying everywhere” during the incident.
“We could hear this noise, as we looked left, we saw this white car, it just mowed everybody down,” she said. “People are flying everywhere. We heard thump, thump. People are running everywhere.”
A reporter posted a video appearing to show someone being taken into custody at the scene:
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