Melbourne is in chaos after at least 16 people, including a child, were rammed by a car outside Flinders St station. Police are continuing to swarm the area, and Flinders Street had been cleared and locked down. Counter-terrorism officers are among them, Sky News reported.
There are also reports that an officer on the scene described the incident as “terrorism.”
There were “bodies everywhere” and lots of people trying to help.
Christmas time at Flinders Street railway station – it serves the entire metropolitan rail network.
Before Federation Square took the honours, Flinders Street Station was Melbourne’s favourite meeting place, hence the catchphrase ‘meet me under the clocks’. Flinders Street Station is Australia’s oldest train station, and with its distinctive yellow facade and green copper dome it’s a city icon.
Flinders Street is the busiest suburban railway station in the southern hemisphere, with over 1500 trains and 110,000 commuters passing through each day. (more here)
“I’ve lost count how many coppers and ambos have come past now. Standing the tram stop out front of GPO.”
Reddit user TheElderGodsSmile added: “Sister in law said … he knocked them over like skittles. Bloody awful.”
Fright_ posted: “Saw grown men and women crying on Platform 1 of Flinders St station. Overheard phone conversation mentioning car hitting people. Seems like I got there a few miss after it happened. Elizabeth St entrance to Flinders is closed. That big intersection being blocked off by police about 15 miss ago. Heaps of emergency services there now.”
BREAKING: Man arrested after car ploughs into pedestrians in Melbourne, Australia
.@AhronYoung: There is a huge @VictoriaPolice presence near Flinders street in Melbourne after a white vehicle hit pedestrians. Witnesses are being urged to come forward. MORE: https://t.co/0pY5byFdlq pic.twitter.com/azeYk8hNEK
— Sky News Australia (@SkyNewsAust) December 21, 2017
The Express, December 21, 2017:
POLICE have arrested a man after a car ploughed through crowds in Melbourne’s city centre.
Local reports say up to 14 people have been injured.
Paramedics have now transported 13 people to city hospitals. Two more people are being assessed by paramedics at the scene.
A four-year-old child with a head injury has been taken to the Royal Children’s Hospital in a serious condition.
Meanwhile one person has been taken to The Alfred Hospital – injuries and condition unknown.
If members of the public have video or images which might assist police with their investigation into the Flinders Street incident they are encouraged to upload them here → https://t.co/oFfWkid509 pic.twitter.com/fzmX79HOv5
— Victoria Police (@VictoriaPolice) December 21, 2017
Police are asking any witnesses to go to the Melbourne West Police Station at 313 Spencer Street, Melbourne and all vehicular and pedestrian traffic to avoid the area. (2/2)
— Victoria Police (@VictoriaPolice) December 21, 2017
Witnesses claim that a white SUV showed no signs of slowing down as it mowed down a number of people at the busy intersection at rush hour.
There are also reports that an officer on the scene described the incident as “terrorism” – but this has not been officially confirmed by authorities.
A witness at the scene said she heard screams before she saw “people flying everywhere”.
She added: “We could hear this noise, as we looked left, we saw this white car, it just mowed everybody down.
Paramedics are treating and transporting to hospital 12 people injured, some seriously, in an incident in the city.
— Ambulance Victoria (@AmbulanceVic) December 21, 2017
“People are flying everywhere. We heard thump, thump. People are running everywhere.”
Footage of the scene shows crowds of people scattered around the white SUV.
Victoria Police are currently at the scene on Flinders Street between Elizabeth Street and Swanston Street.
A police spokesman said on Twitter: “Police are currently attending an incident on Flinders Street between Elizabeth and Swanston streets where a vehicle has collided with a number of pedestrians.
“Police have arrested the driver of the car.”
Earlier a statement by Victoria Ambulance said paramedics are assessing 12 people at the scene of the incident.
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