Driver deliberately hit Melbourne crowd, police allege

 

UPDATE: VICTORIAN Police say a driver who crashed into a crowd outside Flinders St Station in Melbourne did it deliberately. 

In a media briefing, police said the man's motivation was unknown. At least 14 people are confirmed injured, with several people critically injured. 

The driver and a second man were arrested at the scene. 

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull tweeted a brief statement. 

"As our federal & state police & security agencies work together to secure the scene and investigate this shocking incident our thoughts & prayers are with the victims & the emergency & health workers who are treating them," he said. 

Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews also tweeted out thanks to the emergency services who responded. 

"As you will know, there's been a horrible incident on Flinders St. Police have secured the scene and will provide info as it's confirmed. Please avoid the area. Trains running but trams affected. Stay safe. Check on your loved ones. And thank you to our brave emergency services."

UPDATE: AMBULANCE Victoria has transported 13 people to hospital, including a child with serious head injuries, as two more people are assessed at the scene. 

The Herald Sun has been told two men are in custody and will be questioned by police.

One was taken from the car and the other arrested a short time later.

Paramedics treat a number of pedestrians. Aaron Francis/The Australian Source:News Corp Australia
Paramedics treat a number of pedestrians. Aaron Francis/The Australian Source:News Corp Australia

A witness said she saw police remove one man - who she thought was the driver - from the passenger seat of the car.

"The other man got out...he seemed to be a little bit dazed and confused," she said.

"Everybody was naturally shocked. One woman was just screaming and screaming...there was one man with a massive head injury."It was so much chaos in such a short period of time." 

Victoria Police said a crime scene had been established and urged witnesses to upload video of the incident. 

A car has ploughed into pedestrians in Flinders St in Melbourne. The driver and one other person were arrested. Pic: Michael Klein
A car has ploughed into pedestrians in Flinders St in Melbourne. The driver and one other person were arrested. Pic: Michael Klein

EARLIER: AT least 16 people have been mowed down by a four-wheel-drive in the centre of Melbourne.

Emergency services are at Melbourne's Flinders Street station, where a car has reportedly hit and injured a number of pedestrians.

"Paramedics are assessing 12 people at the scene of the incident at Flinders and Elizabeth Street," Ambulance Victoria said in a statement.

"Two people have been taken to hospital.

"A pre-school aged child with a head injury has been taken to RCH in a serious condition.

"One person has been taken to The Alfred hospital, injuries and condition unknown."

A spokesman for Victoria Police said police were attending an incident where a vehicle had collided with a number of pedestrians.

"Police have arrested the driver of the car. Extent of injuries are not known at this stage."

Ambulance Victoria said in a statement: "Paramedics were called to a report of pedestrians hit by a car at the corner of Elizabeth Street and Flinders Street at 4.41pm this afternoon. Paramedics are on scene."

The vehicle ran a red light just after 4.30pm AEDT, witnesses have told 3AW.

A 4WD allegedly plowed into pedestrians in Flinders St, Melbourne. Photo: Twitter.
A 4WD allegedly plowed into pedestrians in Flinders St, Melbourne. Photo: Twitter.

A witness, Sue, from Walker's Doughnuts, told 3AW's Brianna Travers: "We could hear this noise, as we looked left, we saw this white car, it just mauled everybody down. People are flying everywhere. We heard thump, thump. People are running everywhere."

Witness Lauren Lopatko tweeted: "Something just happened outside Elizabeth st tram stop outside Flinders St station. Avoid area if you can. I saw ppl screaming & smoke."

Another witness, Frank, posted "I've counted 5 cop cars and an ambo coming up the tram tracks towards Flinders along Elizabeth Street ... Make that two ambos. Beat coppers were running down on foot too. Something big defs going on but not sure what."

Reddit user TheElderGodsSmile added: "Sister in law said the same thing, said he knocked them over like skittles. Bloody awful."

Fright_ posted: "Saw grown men and women crying on Platform 1 of Flinders St station. Overheard phone conversation mentioning car hitting people. Seems like I got there a few miss after it happened. Elizabeth St entrance to Flinders is closed. That big intersection being blocked off by police about 15 miss ago. Heaps of emergency services there now."

Elton Hindoli, who works in the area, said a man who was pulled from the car appeared to be unconscious.

"A girl came into the shop and she was very upset," he said.

"She said a guy in a big car had hit about six people.

"It wasn't clear if the driver was hitting them on purpose or not.

"It sounded like the man who they took out of the car was not awake.

"He hit the people then crashed into the tram area in the middle of the road."



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