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Car hits pedestrians in New York's Times Square

21:40, Thursday, 18 May, 2017
Car hits pedestrians in New York's Times Square

At least 19 people have been injured and one is dead after a speeding car struck pedestrians in New York City's Times Square.

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

An injured pedestrian told Reuters the driver's actions appeared to have been "intentional".Other witnesses said the vehicle drove against traffic and onto the pavement before striking the pedestrians at about midday local time.

Fox News said one of its contacts at the New York Police Department (NYPD) told them the driver may have committed a robbery.

The New York Post reported that when the car eventually crashed into a pole, the driver got out of the vehicle and tried to run away, according to witnesses.He punched a police officer before several cops were able to apprehend him, witnesses said.

Fox said a 26-year-old is in custody.

Pictures on CBS News network showed a man the station said was the suspect being bundled into a police vehicle by several officers.It ended up partly on its side outside the Swatch shop, at the corner of Broadway and W 45th St in one of the world's most popular tourist attractions.

One picture showed what appeared to be a dead woman in the middle of a pedestrianised area with a broken off wing mirror lying next to her.

One witness told Fox News: "The car was driving the wrong direction up Broadway before mounting the sidewalk.

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