Published: Fri, May 19, 2017
USA | By Kelli Rowe

Times Square auto incident: 1 dead, 12 injured

Times Square auto incident: 1 dead, 12 injured

Another witness, who would only identify himself as Andrew, said the driver was "aiming for as many people as he could possibly get". Building foreman Rodney Muir said he heard what sounded like a big bang and crunching metal. Television footage showed police officers restraining a man in a dark T-shirt and placing him in a police vehicle.

- The tourist killed when a man drove into a crowd in New York City's Times Square was from MI.

"Tourists Patrick and Kelly Graves of Sheboygan, Wisconsin, were waiting to get on a tour bus when they heard the crash".

Richard Rojas, the driver of the maroon 2009 Honda Accord, is in custody.

The mayor said: "So far what we know: 23 individuals were injured in this incident and that includes tragically one woman who has passed away".

Times Square also has a heavy police presence at all hours of the day and night.

"He got out of the auto and he just started running until people tackled him down", Lowe said.

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"People were trying to jump out of the way". "I don't think there was actually time for screaming".

"We saw the driver running toward Planet Hollywood in the middle of the block", Balde said shortly after Rojas was arrested.

"The auto was driving at 80 or 85 m/h against traffic, and it came here, I said 'stop! stop! stop!'but it didn't", Abdul Hamid, owner of a food cart at the corner of Broadway and W45W street, told Xinhua.

One person was killed and 22 others were hurt. Hundreds of thousands of people, many of them tourists from around the world, pass daily through the commercial area, the heart of the Broadway theater district. Police identified the motorist as Richard Rojas, 26, of NY.

Cheryl Howard and her daughter said they were "so freaked out" after seeing the vehicle "mow everyone down". The commissioner said there is no indication that the incident was related to terrorism. "NYPD detectives from multiple units are investigating the incident".

"My understanding is that no Australians were involved, but of course our consular staff are keeping a very close watch on that", Ms Bishop, in NY for meetings at the United Nations and to lobby for Australia gaining a seat on the UN Human Rights Council, told reporters.

Social media images show injured people on the street, a auto upended at an angle and crowds gathered in the heart of the tourist hub.

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Television footage showed police officers restraining a man in a dark T-shirt and placing him in a police vehicle.

Before striking the auto was "out of control".

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

"It was going at a fast rate of speed and to me it looked like it was trying to hit as many people as possible", she said.

"He didn't stop. He just kept going".

At the scene seven people were placed on stretchers while shoes were scattered on the pavement.

President Donald Trump "has been made aware of the situation in Times Square and will continue to receive updates", his spokesman Sean Spicer said.

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