At least one person has died after a car slammed into a crowd of pedestrians in Times Square Thursday, injuring more than a dozen people, senior officials familiar with the investigation tells NBC 4 New York.
The driver, believed to be from the Bronx, was taken into custody after barreling into the lunch-hour crowd near 43rd Street and Seventh Avenue shortly before noon, sources said. Fire officials say 13 people were hurt, but it’s not clear if all those victims had been hit by the vehicle.
A cause of the crash is under investigation, and senior law enforcement officials say a preliminary investigation suggests no nexus to terror.
Social media erupted with concern as witnesses described screaming and abject chaos in the Crossroads of the World. Someone tweeted a photo of a maroon looking sedan halfway on its side after appearing to crash into a traffic pole. Smoke emanated from the hood as pedestrians stood by in horror.
Live traffic cameras showed a gigantic emergency response in the area; at least five fire trucks blocked off the intersection immediately near the scene and a line of police cruises, alarms and lights blaring, blocked off traffic near the TKTS booth.