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Tuesday 21 August 2018

Baby killed and 17 others injured after motorist drove into crowded Copacabana promenade

A vehicle that ran over some people at Copacabana beach is seen in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil January 18, 2018. Reuters: Lucas Landau
A vehicle that ran over some people at Copacabana beach is seen in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil January 18, 2018. Reuters: Lucas Landau

Associated Press Reporters

A baby has been killed and 17 other people were injured when a motorist drove into a crowded promenade along Copacabana beach in Brazil.

Rio de Janeiro's municipal health department confirmed that a 68-year-old Australian citizen was among those injured in the Thursday night incident and and is breathing with the help of a respirator.

Eight other people remain in hospital, many with broken bones. The state health department confirmed the death of a baby girl.

The famous Brazilian seafront location was crowded on a hot summer night when the car mounted the kerb.

Police have said the incident was not a terrorist attack, and have arrested the driver.

The driver told police he had not been drinking but lost control of his car. He also said that he has epilepsy.

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