(Source: www.straitstimes.com)

NEW YORK (Reuters) – A speeding car crashed into pedestrians on a sidewalk in New York City’s busy Times Square on Thursday (May 18), killing one person and injuring at least 12. Police said the incident did not appear to be an act of terrorism.

A Reuters witness said one person was covered with a bloodstained blanket after the collision, which occurred around noon ET (midnight in Singapore) at the Midtown Manhattan tourist venue.  

Hundreds of thousands of people, many of them visitors from around the world, pass daily through the bustling commercial area, the heart of the Broadway theater district.  

The vehicle was a red Honda sedan and CBS New York Television said the driver had been removed. Television footage showed police officers restraining a man in a dark T-shirt and placing him in a police car.

 Witnesses said the motorist had driven against traffic and onto the sidewalk, striking pedestrians.

 “Everybody was just running, everyone was concerned for their lives,” a witness told local CBS television.  

The car crashed into a pole and came to rest at 45th Street and Broadway.  Seven people were being placed on stretchers, a Reuters witness said. Shoes were scattered at the scene and one person was covered by a bloodstained blanket, the Reuters witness said.

Horrible. Right outside of my office #timessquare pic.twitter.com/DsuuvOKT7g

— Gabby (@GabbywGoodHair) May 18, 2017

Holding steady & waiting for more clarity. #nyc #TimesSquare pic.twitter.com/WSdhFuihDy

— kate sawall sils (@katesawall) May 18, 2017

13 total patients currently reported at scene of motor vehicle accident in Times Square pic.twitter.com/ySwtL6ZLoc

— FDNY (@FDNY) May 18, 2017

Our thoughts & prayers go to all our employees & citizens of NY. We hope the incident in Times Square was an accident. #NY #TimesSquare

— Conor C (@Capital_FinServ) May 18, 2017

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