Wednesday 24 May 2017

Witnesses describe horror after 'out-of-control' truck ploughs down busy shopping street

Three people killed in incident when a truck was driven Friday April 7 2017 into a department store in central Stockholm Photo: TT News Agency/Andreas Schyman/via REUTERS
Three people killed in incident when a truck was driven Friday April 7 2017 into a department store in central Stockholm Photo: TT News Agency/Andreas Schyman/via REUTERS
Three people killed in incident when a truck was driven Friday April 7 2017 into a department store in central Stockholm, Sweden April 7, 2017. TT News Agency/Andreas Schyman/via

Kathy Armstrong and Amy Molloy

Witnesses have described their horror after they witnessed an "out-of-control" truck ploughed down a busy pedestrian street.

At least three poeple have been confirmed dead and several are understood to be injured.

Newspaper Aftonbladet quoted a witness saying they saw hundreds of people running for their lives near the Ahlens mall.

Another witness told the newspaper that the out-of-control truck ran over at least two people.

A shocked witness told Swedish Television News they saw two people lying on the ground after the truck ploughed through the pedestrian street.

They said: "We walked past and then there are two people on the ground.

"Then the truck continued on Drottninggatan, then we did not see where it went."

Another bystander described the scene as "chaos."

Marie Karlberg SVT Nyheter: "We were in H&M and a truck was driving in the pedestrian zone right into Åhléns.

"It's pure chaos and it burns on Drottninggatan."

Another bystander said police were screaming at people on the street, roaring; "Back, back, this is no joke."

Another eye-witness told Aftonbladet about having to run to safety.

The person, who has been named as Dimitris, said: "I was on the main street when a big truck came out of nowhere.

"I could not see if anyone was driving it but it went out of control.

"I saw at least two people being run over. I ran as fast as I could from there."

Another witness told TT news agency they saw medical personnel helping injured people.

They said: "I also saw people with blankets over them.

"Their whole bodies was covered."

The area has now been cordoned off.

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