Police in New York City are investigating after a speeding vehicle careened into the city’s busy Times Square and collided with multiple pedestrian, leaving one victim dead and injuring at least thirteen others. Initial reports do not indicate that the attack was an act of terrorism.
A witness saw one of the victims covered in a bloodstained blanket in the aftermath of the attack, which occurred around noon local time at an extremely popular tourist destination that sees hundreds of thousands of visitors pass through each day, Reuters reported.
Photos from the scene of the incident show a dilapidated red Honda sedan that came to rest leaning on its driver side, the driver removed. Live television footage saw police arresting a man wearing a dark T-shirt and escorting him to the back of a police car, but no word has surfaced as to the suspect’s identity or motive.
Witnesses indicated that the driver maneuvered the vehicle against traffic and onto the sidewalk, mowing down pedestrians and causing utter chaos to ensue as people frantically ran for cover. The car eventually crashed into a pole at the intersection of 45th Street and Broadway.
At least seven people were carried away on stretchers and shoes could be seen scattered around the path of the vehicle. The New York Police Department promptly closed off the area, although a spokesman for the department told CBS News that they were not treating the attack as motivated by terrorism.
Some reports have begun to surface alleging that the suspect had a history of drunk driving and that alcohol could have played a role in the incident, with police officers reportedly telling some pedestrians on the street that it was a car accident, not an attack.