Wednesday 18 July 2018

Everything we know so far after car hits crowd in Melbourne, Australia

Emergency cars are seen on the street following the incident outside Flinders St station in Melbourne, Australia, December 21, 2017 in this picture obtained from social media. Malcolm Sheridan/via REUTERS
Emergency cars are seen on the street following the incident outside Flinders St station in Melbourne, Australia, December 21, 2017 in this picture obtained from social media. Malcolm Sheridan/via REUTERS
Members of the public stand behind police tape after Australian police said on Thursday they have arrested the driver of a vehicle that ploughed into pedestrians at a crowded intersection near the Flinders Street train station in central Melbourne, Australia December 21, 2017. REUTERS/Melanie Burton
Members of the public stand behind police tape after Australian police said on Thursday they have arrested the driver of a vehicle that ploughed into pedestrians at a crowded intersection near the Flinders Street train station in central Melbourne, Australia December 21, 2017. REUTERS/Melanie Burton
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Fourteen people have suffered injuries - a number of whom are critical - after a motorist ploughed into pedestrians outside a Melbourne train station.

Here is what we know so far about the incident:

When, where?

The incident outside Flinders Street station in Melbourne occurred at around 5pm local time (6am GMT) on Thursday evening.

What happened?

A car collided with pedestrians outside the train station. Victoria Police tweeted that officers were "currently attending an incident on Flinders Street between Elizabeth and Swanston streets where a vehicle has collided with a number of pedestrians.

The driver arrested after a car was driven into pedestrians in Melbourne was a 32-year-old Australian of Afghan descent with a history of drug use and mental health problems, and there is no evidence to suggest a link with terrorism at this stage, police said.

A second man, aged 24, who was arrested in close proximity to the scene in Melbourne was discovered to have a bag containing knives after he was seen filming the incident, police said.

How many people are injured?

A total of 14 people have been injured, a number of whom are in a critical condition. The injured included a pre-school aged child with head injuries who was taken to hospital in a serious condition.

What's happening now?

Images from the scene showed a number of people receiving medical attention, while a white Suzuki SUV appeared to have collided with a phone box. Police have launched an investigation into the incident.

More than a dozen people have been injured
More than a dozen people have been injured
Members of the public stand behind police tape after Australian police said on Thursday they have arrested the driver of a vehicle that ploughed into pedestrians at a crowded intersection near the Flinders Street train station in central Melbourne, Australia December 21, 2017. REUTERS/Melanie Burton
More than a dozen people have been injured, some seriously
Emergency medical workers offer aid to victims struck by a vehicle (Australian Broadcast Corp. via AP)
A man has been arrested after a car collided with pedestrians outside a major train station
Local media say over a dozen people have been injured after a car drove into pedestrians on a sidewalk in central Melbourne
Pedestrians walk past as police and emergency services attend the scene of an incident involving a vehicle and pedestrians in Melbourne
Members of the public stand behind police tape after Australian police said on Thursday they have arrested the driver of a vehicle that ploughed into pedestrians at a crowded intersection near the Flinders Street train station in central Melbourne, Australia December 21, 2017. REUTERS/Melanie Burton
Emergency services attend to injured people at the in Flinders St station in Melbourne, Australia
Emergency cars are seen on the street following the incident outside Flinders St station in Melbourne, Australia, December 21, 2017 in this picture obtained from social media. Malcolm Sheridan/via REUTERS

What are witnesses saying?

A woman called Sue told 3AW radio: "As it (the car) approached this intersection... it just mowed everybody down, people were flying everywhere."

And man who was working in a nearby shop, and was at the scene before emergency services arrived, told the Australian Associated Press: "There was no screaming, just people lying there."

Vince added that onlookers were "just holding them and comforting them".

Kyra Gillespie was one of "hundreds of people" who were told to get off trams near the area following the incident.

She told ABC News: "I think everyone is a little bit shaken up by the experience.

"Lots of people were phoning their loved ones to tell them they were OK."

Another witness, John, told ABC Radio Melbourne that he saw a "SUV coming at high speed".

"(I) really just heard the collision with people with bags and what must be shopping trolleys - and I hope not prams," he said.

"I've really never seen anything like this before and I haven't stopped shaking."

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