MASS Casualty Declared As Car Plows Into Pedestrians In New York
Speeding car mounts side walk in Times square
A MASS casualty incident has been declared by New York City Police after a speeding car drove onto the sidewalk in Times Square, killing one and injuring at leats 12 people.
The incident does not seem to be terrorist attack police say.
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Seven people have been loaded onto stretchers, with one person dead according to Reuters. The New York Fire Department said that there were one fatality and 19 others injured in an incident involving a motor vehicle.
RT.coms reports: The car reportedly drove the wrong way up 7th Avenue, crossed onto the sidewalk and hit at least 13 people. It eventually crashed into metal barriers at the corner of 7th Avenue and 45th Street.
Video and photos from the scene show dark red vehicle tilted to its side against a barrier, surrounded by firefighters. Another video shows a man being led away by NYPD officers.
WCBS-TV has identified the suspect as a 26-year-old male resident of The Bronx with two previous drunk-driving convictions. The New York Post gives the suspect’s name as Richard Rojas.
The incident is not being treated as a terrorist attack at this time, according to NYPD.
An injured pedestrian told Reuters that the driver’s actions appeared “intentional.” According to a witness, the vehicle drove against traffic and into the sidewalk, where it struck pedestrians.
Police have cordoned off the intersection of 45th Street and Broadway, as they investigate the incident. New York