A law enforcement official says a car that plowed into a crowd of pedestrians in Times Square killed one person and injured about 20 others.
The official told The Associated Press that the driver was taken into custody after the Thursday lunchtime crash and is being tested for alcohol.
The official spoke on condition of anonymity because the investigation was ongoing.
Police do not suspect a link to terrorism.
Television images taken at the scene showed people being taken away on stretchers.
The car came to rest with two of its wheels in the air, leaning on a lamppost and steel barriers intended to block vehicles from getting onto the sidewalk.
Brooklyn resident Asa Lowe was standing outside the Levi’s store enjoying the weather when he heard screaming around midday Thursday. He turned around and saw the car hitting people on the sidewalk.
He says the driver was “just mowing down people. He didn’t stop.”
The car hit a barricade and stopped. Lowe says the driver then got out of his car and started running until people tackled him.
Lowe saw injured people, including a woman who “had tracks all over her body.”
The White House says that President Donald Trump has been “made aware” of the incident and that he will continue to receive updates as the situation unfolds.
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