Firefighters Extinguish Blaze After Car Hits Pedestrians at Times Square

Firefighters Extinguish Blaze After Car Hits Pedestrians at Times Square

One person is dead and 19 others were injured in a vehicle crash in Times Square in New York City Thursday, fire officials said.

The vehicle was checked by the bomb squad and some city landmarks were getting a beefed up police presence "out of an abundance of caution", Mr de Blasio said. The area is a hot spot for tourists.

The group is in town for the Broadway League's Spring Road Conference.

They have said the collision was more likely an accident after the auto "lost control". Nobody in the group was harmed, he added. Building foreman Rodney Muir said he heard what sounded like a big bang and crunching metal. None were hurt, according to a report to Fusco from the chaperones on the trip, which was a "culture day" trip, according to Fusco's note. The Daily Gazette is reaching out to the school for further comment.

Fire and emergency crews surrounded the chaotic crash site at the busy intersection of 42nd Street and 7th Avenue, where the Honda could be seen partially lifted off the ground.

The NYPD tweeted: "One male in custody in the Times Square vehicle collision".

Television images taken at the scene showed people being taken away on stretchers.

Fire and emergency crews surrounded the chaotic crash site at the busy intersection of 42nd Street and 7th Avenue, where the vehicle could be seen partially lifted off the ground.

Foreign Affairs Minister Charlie Flanagan has offered his condolences to the people of NY.

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Richard reportedly attempted to escape police while being arrested, trying to sprint away from his smoking and nearly overturned auto.

Bruno Carvalho, a student at SUNY Albany, said the auto approached quickly and passed him on the sidewalk. "People were trying to jump out of the way".

Here is the raging man who cops said barreled along almost four blocks of Times Square sidewalk, leaving a 18-year-old woman dead and 22 others injured.

An NYPD spokesman said the driver is a 26-year-old man with a history of driving while intoxicated, who has been arrested and is being tested for alcohol. Officials said four of the injured were in critical condition, but their wounds did not appear to be life-threatening. They were taken to two different hospitals.

The incident brought to mind similar ones across the world, including the terror attack in Nice, France when a large truck plowed through a Bastille Day crowd previous year killing over 70 people. The other victims had less serious injuries.

One senior official said the suspect was being tested for possible of drug or alcohol intoxication.

He was arrested on charges of driving while intoxicated in 2008 and 2015, police Commissioner James O'Neill said.

He was arrested last week on a charge of menacing.

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