Two people have been arrested after a car plowed into a crowd of Christmas shoppers in Melbourne, Australia, Thursday in what police are calling a « deliberate act. »
Melbourne, Australia, car attack: Two arrested after SUV rams Flinders Street crowd
More than a dozen people were injured including at least one young child when the car hit pedestrians outside Melbourne’s iconic Flinders Street station just after 4.30 p.m. local time.
Victoria Police spokesman Comm. Russell Barrett told reporters it was too early in the investigation to determine the motivation. Police appealed for witnesses and advised people to stay clear of what they’re calling a « crime scene. »
Witnesses told CNN affiliate Seven Network they saw people being thrown meters into the air when the SUV drove into the crowd.
Flinders Street is one of Melbourne’s busiest pedestrian roads, running between a major train station and the bustling city center. It would have been crowded with commuters and shoppers making their final purchases in the days before Christmas.
Paramedics have taken 14 people to nearby hospitals, Ambulance Victoria said in a statement. Two others are being treated at the scene. Barrett told reporters several of those injured were in a critical condition.
Among them was a pre-school age child who was taken to hospital with a head injury, and is in a serious condition, Ambulance Victoria said.
Neither of the men arrested has been charged yet, Barrett said.(cnn)