The incident sparked instant jitters after recent deadly car-ramming attacks in London, Berlin and
the French city of Nice, but officials said early evidence did not point to a terror link.
“It is believed to be an isolated incident, it remains under investigation,” New York police said on
Firefighters said the accident took place at 45th Street and Broadway in Times Square at the start
of the lunch hour. A police source told media that the 26-year-old man driving the vehicle was in
The Fire Department confirmed one person had died and 19 people were hurt in the incident. A police
source confirmed the fatality to media.
The maroon sedan vehicle, travelling at high speed, crashed into the group of people and ended up
flipping onto its side on the sidewalk, before ambulances and police descended on the area, a
The vehicle was on fire as pedestrians lay on the ground and passers-by cried, the photographer
said. He saw one person covered up with a white cloth.
Police directed traffic as passers-by looked on anxiously.
“Preliminarily it looks more like a vehicle accident than anything else,” a New York police
spokesman told media.
Famous across the world for its bright lights and advertising billboards, Times Square is typically
packed with tourists and office workers. It lies in the heart of Midtown Manhattan and leads to
Broadway, New York s famed theater district.
Times Square was the scene of the most serious security alert in America s most populous city since
the September 11, 2001 attacks when Faisal Shahzad, a Pakistani immigrant, planted a car bomb at the
intersection on May 1, 2010.
His explosive device failed to detonate and he was arrested shortly after boarding a flight to the
Middle East. He pleaded guilty and said he was aiming to avenge deaths from US missiles fired from
drones operating over Pakistan.
He was sentenced to life behind bars.
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