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Car Into Crowd In New York

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Car Into Crowd In New York

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One person is dead, and at least 20 more people have been injured, after a man drove his car up the wrong way up a Times Square street and ploughed into pedestrians on the footpath.

Pandemonium erupted on Thursday 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.

The crash happened at midday 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.

After the car struck a barricade and stopped, the driver climbed out of his vehicle. He reportedly has a history of driving while intoxicated, according to police, who spoke on condition of anonymity because the investigation was ongoing.

Many parts of Times Square and surrounding blocks are lined with metal posts designed to prevent cars from getting onto the sidewalks and other public areas.

Police do not suspect a link to terrorism, but the bomb squad has responded as a precaution to check the vehicle.