As many as 19 people have been injured after a car drove into a crowd in central Melbourne, police have said. The police described the accident as a “deliberate act”.
In a terrifying incident during the pre-Christmas shopping rush, the white SUV rammed into a large number of pedestrians at high speed on the pavement outside Flinders Street railway station, one of the Australian city’s main transport hubs.
Police said the driver and another man have been arrested after what they said they believed “was a deliberate act”. Asked if the incident was terrorism-related, Victorian Police commander Russell Barrett said: “The motivations are unknown.”
Witnesses described “people flying everywhere” outside Flinders Street station at around 5pm local time (6am GMT) on Thursday.
Others reported that the white Suzuki SUV, which is said to have had two men inside, appeared not to slow down before it crashed into a tram stop at a reported 60mph.
Images from the scene showed casualties being treated in the street by paramedics. A young man in jeans and a T-shirt could be seen being arrested by three police officers on the steps of the station, although it was unclear if he had been in the car.
“The incident occurred when the vehicle struck a number of pedestrians in front of Flinders Street Station just after 4.30pm.
“The driver of the vehicle and a second man have been arrested and are in police custody.
“A number of people were treated at the scene for a range of injuries and have been transported to hospital.”
In a tweet, police appealed to members of the public to upload any images they might have of the incident to a cloud address to help assist with their investigation.
Source: The Telegraph