One Dead After Car Plows Into Pedestrians In Times Square

An 18-year-old tourist was killed and 22 other pedestrians were injured in NY when a motorist drove three blocks on the sidewalks at Times Square shortly before noon Thursday.

A witness told ABC station WABC-TV that the driver got out of the vehicle after the crash and ran across the street.

A maroon-colored 2009 Honda Accord came to rest with two of its wheels in the air, leaning on a lamppost and steel barriers meant to block vehicles from getting onto the sidewalk.

"There is no indication that this was an act of terrorism", said New York Mayor Bill de Blasio.

City authorities said they would nevertheless deploy extra police from anti-terror units to key locations around the city as a precaution.

De Blasio lauded the quick efforts of police, fire and emergency medical teams. "It's a tough day for New York City".

"Preliminary investigation reveals that Rojas has two arrests ... for DWI", O'Neill said.

At least one person was killed and 22 injured, according to reports at press time. A block from the scene people were asking each other what had happened.

Live traffic cameras showed a huge emergency response in the area; at least five fire trucks cordoned off the intersection immediately near the scene and a line of police cruises, alarms and lights blaring, blocked off traffic near the TKTS booth.

The White House said President Donald Trump was informed of the situation in Times Square and would continue to be briefed as it unfolded. He released a statement Thursday afternoon calling the crash "nothing short of horrific". "Minutes later, the fire department tweeted: "#FDNY is on scene at 45 St/ Broadway motor vehicle accident. "I heard the screeching sound of a vehicle".

A fire department chief, Mark Foris, was at an unrelated elevator rescue when he saw the auto speed by.

"He's easily, probably going over 40 (mph)", Rivera said.

At least one civilian and members of the NYPD apprehended the driver of the 2009 Honda Accord, Police Commissioner James O'Neill.

The aftermath was "pretty gory", the Queens resident said. "I looked back and she was in a pile on the street", Donahey said.

Kristen Boyce said she was seconds away from being hit; now she can't get the sound of it mowing down victims out of her head. There were clothes, there were shoes everywhere.

The vehicle appeared to catch fire after crashing.

The stainless steel bollards finally stopped the auto and the madness.

A vehicle traveling through Times Square has driven into a crowd of pedestrians, injuring several people. "People were beside them, . we were trying to tell (police) they were hurt".

The area was packed with New Yorkers and tourists enjoying unseasonably warm temperatures at lunch hour.

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