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Driver mows down 23 pedestrians on Times Square sidewalks; 1 tourist dies

Driver mows down 23 pedestrians on Times Square sidewalks; 1 tourist dies

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo and New York Mayor Bill de Blasio have both visited the scene.

There is "no indication" that the crash has links to terrorism, de Blasio said.

A man drove his vehicle the wrong way up a busy Times Square street and ploughed into pedestrians on the footpath, killing an 18-year-old woman and injuring 22 others.

Police say a 26-year-old man was in custody and was suspected of driving while intoxicated.

"That being said, we are reinforcing key locations around the city with our anti-terror units of the NYPD so out of an abundance of caution, major sites in the city will get additional police coverage", he added.

His most recent base was at Jacksonville in Florida but he was discharged three years ago after being court-martialled for reasons that have not been disclosed.

Navy records show that Rojas enlisted in September 2011 and was based in IL and Florida, working as an electrician's mate fireman apprentice. Twenty-two other people were injured in the incident. Her 13-year-old sister was also hurt in the crash, officials said. "He started coming right immediately, and people were yelling, and some moved out of the way right away, some people kind of got stuck on the vehicle as he was driving up, and I was able to jump away as he was coming close to me", one man said.

Friend Harrison Ramos told reporters that Rojas hadn't been the same since he returned from active duty in the Navy.

Two law enforcement officials say a driver accused of running down pedestrians in Times Square told officers he was hearing voices and expected to die. Lowe says the driver then got out of his auto and started running until people tackled him.

Lowe saw injured people, including a woman who "had tracks all over her body".

Meanwhile, White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer said that President Donald Trump has been apprised of the incident.

The sidewalks in many parts of Times Square and surrounding blocks are lined with metal posts created to prevent cars from getting onto the sidewalks and other public areas.

New York City law enforcement officials say at least one person was killed after a vehicle traveling through the popular tourist area drove into a crowd of pedestrians around lunchtime Thursday.

A maroon-colored 2009 Honda Accord came to rest with two of its wheels in the air, leaning on a lamppost and steel barriers meant to block vehicles from getting onto the sidewalk. "She was always trying to look out for other people as well as herself".

Broadway announced that shows would run as scheduled Thursday but urged theatergoers to allow extra time to arrive "due to an active investigation" in the Times Square area and road closures.

In the Poconos, commuters to and from the city had heard the news.


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