At Least One Pedestrian Killed in Times Square Accident [Breaking News]

A speeding vehicle struck several pedestrians in Times Square today, which left emergency first responders rushing to sort out the mess and provide medical assistance to everyone in need. New York City police officers are still sorting out exactly what happened, but witnesses have indicated that the vehicle was being driven in the wrong direction before it jumped a curb and plowed into the Times Square crowd, reports BBC News. Current reports indicate that there is at least one fatality. Additionally, 19 other pedestrians were injured in the Times Square incident. It’s unclear at this time exactly what caused the driver to lose control, but officials have already stated that the event was not an act of terrorism. Instead, preliminary findings suggest that the unnamed driver was most likely under the influence of alcohol or drugs. The vehicle, a red Honda, ended up partially on its side and in flames. According to witnesses, the Honda was driven north down 7th Avenue’s west sidewalk. The first victim appears to have been walking near the corner of 7th Avenue and 44th Street. After hitting her at full speed, the car continued to drive down the sidewalk until it collided with several more people at 7th and 45th. Wrecked Honda at 45th and Broadway intersection, Times Square [Image by Drew Angerer/Getty Images] Fortunately, the melee ended after the potentially inebriated driver crashed the Honda into a light pole. The entire area is currently closed off by police, so locals will need to avoid the intersection of 7th Avenue and 45th Street. The FBI is part of the investigation. None of the victims’ names have been released to the press yet, nor is there any official confirmation about the cause of the accident.

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