Fourteen people have been injured in Melbourne, with several in a critical condition after a car intentionally drove into a crowd of shoppers ‘sending bodies flying everywhere’ according to witnesses.
Police have said it was a deliberate act but said it was too early to say whether it was terrorist-related. The driver and another man have been detained.
Witness Jim Stoupas, told the press: “It just barrelled through a completely full intersection of pedestrians. There was no attempt to brake, no attempt to swerve.”
He added: “I saw probably five to eight people on the ground with people swarming around them [to help]. Within a minute, I think, there were police on site, so it was very, very speedy.”
Victoria Ambulance said in a statement that a child of pre-school age with serious head injuries was among those taken to hospital.
Another witness. Vince Harris was nearby in the immediate aftermath of the crash.
He was on the scene from about two minutes after the car collided and could see the cracked windscreen and Good Samaritans trying to save injured pedestrians.
‘I was here when the other one (the Bourke Street tragedy) happened …. you get desensitised.’ he shockingly claimed.
The carnage comes almost a year after six people were killed and 30 injured when a car ploughed through the Bourke Street Mall in January.
The driver, Dimitrious Gargasoulas, was charged with six counts of murder after he allegedly used a maroon Holden Commodore sedan to run down shoppers during the lunch break.
A child and two adults were among those who died following the attack as well as a three-month-old baby boy.
City authorities installed concrete blocks in various locations – including on Flinders Street – hoping to prevent vehicle-based attacks.
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