Sunday 21 January 2018

VIDEO: Fire brigade put out fire on smoking car in Times Square after incident that left at least one dead

Marc Palladino

One person has died and a number of others are injured after a speeding car struck pedestrians in New York's Times Square.

The vehicle was a red Honda Sedan and the driver has now been taken into custody.

New York City's fire department has reported that twelve people are injured.

Police say the incident is not believed to be related to terrorism and the driver is being tested for alcohol consumption.

Most of the surrounding Manhattan area has been closed down.

A witness told Reuters news agency they have seen seven people being loaded onto stretchers, shoes scattered around the scene and one person covered in a bloodstained blanket.

Other witnesses said the vehicle drove against traffic and onto the footpath.

White House press secretary Sean Spicer says President Donald Trump has been made aware of the incident and will continue to receive updates.

Television footage showed police restraining a man in a dark t-shirt and placing him in a police car.

"Everybody was just running, everyone was concerned for their lives,” a witness told local CBS television.

The car crashed into a pole at 45th Street and Broadway.

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