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Speeding vehicle kills one, causes widespread injuries at Times Square

Speeding vehicle kills one, causes widespread injuries at Times Square

According to ABC News, police say an 18-year-old woman was struck and killed by the auto and 22 were taken to nearby hospitals.

One senior official said the suspect was being tested for possible of drug or alcohol intoxication. The NYPD tweeted at this point there is no indication that the crash is related to terrorism and the incident is believed to be isolated.

NY mayor Bill de Blasio said: "Based on the information we have at this moment, there is no indication that this was an act of terrorism".

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 Governor Andrew Cuomo was headed to the scene.

White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer said US President Donald Trump "has been made aware" of the incident.

"We were just touring, seeing how attractive Times Square was", Prasad said.

Fire and emergency crews surrounded the chaotic crash site at the busy intersection of 42nd Street and 7th Avenue, where the Honda could be seen partially lifted off the ground. The incident occurred around lunchtime at the crowded Times Square in the heart of Manhattan and among the most popular tourist destinations in the world.

Slamming into a barrier the vehicle finally stopped the alleged drunk driver. Three other people suffered injuries considered serious, and 15 others "less serious" injuries, he said.

The auto hit a barricade and stopped.

Richard Rojas, 26, was previously convicted of two DWIs - driving while intoxicated. It was unclear when Rojas, who was in custody, would get a lawyer or face formal charges in court.

When Rojas got out and started running, two bystanders tried to detain him, with one tearing his shirt, Bradix said, but Rojas got away.

Police stated that a woman, 18 has died, and her sister, 13, is amongst the insured.

Police do not suspect a link to terrorism, but the bomb squad has responded as a precaution to check the vehicle.

Bruno Carvalho, a student at SUNY Albany, said the vehicle approached quickly and passed him on the sidewalk.

"Out of an abundance of caution", Mayor Bill de Blasio added. He was combative with officers who handcuffed him, authorities said.

Police say it all began 11:55 a.m. when the auto at a high rate of speed wen down the sidewalk at Seventh Avenue from 42nd to 45th street, striking pedestrians along the heavily congested stretch.


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