Witnesses in Times Square watched in horror as a car plowed over pedestrians, killing one and injuring 19 others after a man who appeared intoxicated drove his car the wrong way up a Times Square street today.
Pandemonium erupted when the vehicle barrelled through the prime tourist location and came to rest with two of its wheels in the air. The car leaned on a lamppost and steel barriers intended to block vehicles from getting onto the sidewalk.
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The crash happened at yesterday on a hot, clear day that brought large crowds of people into the streets to enjoy the good weather. Video posted online showed steam or smoke pouring from the car for a few moments after it stopped moving.
Asa Lowe, of Brooklyn, was standing outside the Levi store when he heard screaming, turned around and saw the car hitting people on the sidewalk.
"He's just mowing down people. He didn't stop. He just kept going," Lowe said.
After the car struck a barricade and stopped, the driver climbed out of his vehicle.
"He got out of the car and he just started running until people tackled him down," Lowe said.
The 26-year-old driver from the Bronx was taken into custody and was undergoing tests for alcohol, a law enforcement official told The Associated Press. The man has a history of driving while intoxicated, according to the law enforcement official, who spoke on condition of anonymity because the investigation was ongoing.
Police do not suspect a link to terrorism, but the bomb squad has responded as a precaution to check the vehicle.
The White House said President Donald Trump has been "made aware" of the situation in Times Square and will continue to receive updates as the situation unfolds. Press secretary Sean Spicer tweeted that Trump was briefed before New York authorities confirmed the death.