We are just learning that a car drove through a crowd of pedestrians in Times Square in New York City, killing one and injuring 12 others.ABC News is reporting that the driver is in custody and he was “in his 20s with two DWIs on his record, tried to flee before he was taken into custody.”
The incident happened at 45th Street and Broadway and “the car appeared to catch fire after crashing. Emergency vehicles are at the scene.”
From Fox News:
“We saw people laying on the sidewalk…with crowds of people laying around them,” one witness told Fox News. “You could see clumps of people down the sidewalk with people all around them trying to help them.”
Several buildings in the area were reportedly on lockdown as police swarmed the busy intersection, which is heavily populated with tourists. Numerous blocks had been taped off by police around the scene.
Authorities have not yet said if the car was intentionally driven into a crowd or if the incident was accidental in nature.
A maroon sedan could be seen in multiple photos upended on steel barriers and a lamppost at the corner of 45th Street and Broadway. The FDNY received the first emergency call just before noon.