One person is dead and many people are injured after being struck by a car in Times Square.
At least 19 people were injured after being struck by a red Honda Accord before it came to a stop by crashing into steel barriers at 45th and 7th Avenue.
The NYPD says the motive is not terror, but possibly a DWI, according to the NYPD. The driver, a 26-year-old man from the Bronx has two prior DWIs, according to the NYPD. He has been taken into custody and is being tested for drugs and alcohol.
“The driver tried to run from the scene and the bouncer from Planet Hollywood hit him, so we jumped on top of him and ripped his shirt, wanted to make sure he had no gun or knife on him,” a tour bus ticket agent told CBS2’s Janelle Burrell. “I see the car coming in fast, no brake, no nothing. Bang! Before I realized it there’s fire on the car… my co-worker jumped from the scene. I don’t smell alcohol because he turned around and we saw his face. He said to make him loose. … Anything happens here there’s no time for people to react.”
One male in custody in the #TimesSquare vehicle collision.
It is believed to be an isolated incident, it remains under investigation.
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“Traffic in the area is an absolute nightmare, they’ve got the whole vicinity blocked off. Buildings have been evacuated and Times Square is pretty much under lockdown, Gainer reported.
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“Everyone was just kind of hanging out and the car just came and hit the pole out of nowhere, a witness told Gainer. “People were going to the scene to check it out. There was actually a guy trapped in the car. Within 45 seconds [first responders] were on the scene. “People were concerned it was gonna be a bomb.”
President Trump has been made aware of the situation, White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer tweeted.
“I’m scared, it’s very surprising but scary at the same time. Just how one person may end up doing this out of the blue,” said another witness. He also said he heard a “huge bang” when the crash happened.
“The car just came really fast and injured a lot of people. We actually saw the people in the ground and tried to help but we couldn’t do anything.”
SOURCE: CBS New York