Published: Fri, May 19, 2017
U.S. | By Monique Johnson

Car drives wrong way in Times Square, plows into pedestrians


Four people were in critical condition, officials said.

Officials said Rojas was arrested in 2008 and 2015 for driving under the influence, and in 2016 for menacing in different areas of NY. It wasn't clear when he would get a lawyer or face formal charges in court.

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

One person is dead, and at least 20 more people have been injured, after a man drove his vehicle up the wrong way up a Times Square street and ploughed into pedestrians on the footpath.

New York's mayor and police commissioner rushed to the scene, fearing a terrorist attack. A police source told AFP that the 26-year-old man driving the vehicle was in custody.

They said said the driver is in custody and this is believed to be an isolated incident. It is being investigated as an accident, a police official said.

According to witnesses, the Honda was driven north down 7th Avenue's west sidewalk.

The crash killed one person and injured 19 others, the Fire Department of NY confirmed. "He looked panicked, he just started running".

A man steered his auto onto a sidewalk running through the heart of Times Square and mowed down pedestrians for three blocks Thursday, killing a teenager, then emerged from his wrecked vehicle wild-eyed and waving his arms before he was subdued by police and bystanders. She and her daughter were shopping when the vehicle sped toward them.

She continued: "I wouldn't be here now if I hadn't crossed the street".

The crash came shortly before noon on Thursday as crowds packed streets on New York's hottest day of the year so far. "I would be careful, but it's not going to affect anything".

Images on social media also showed people being taken away on stretchers and other casualties strewn around the walkway.

Elizabeth Long of OH told CNN she was walking to the Hard Rock Cafe when she saw a maroon auto heading toward her on the sidewalk. "I don't think there was actually time for screaming".

At least one civilian and members of the NYPD apprehended the driver of the 2009 Honda Accord, Police Commissioner James O'Neill.

One injured woman nearby had a large open wound on her leg.

"The girl who was walking next to me died". "And people were like screaming, really scared". A block from the scene people were talking about the crash, trying to piece together what happened.

More than 200 of them were installed past year in partnership with city and Times Square officials to reduce pedestrian injuries and prevent unintentional or terrorist vehicle "incursions", according to bollard maker Calpipe Security Bollards.

Thoughts and prayers to loved ones and neighbors in the theatre district in light of this morning's vehicle crash.

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