Melbourne’s ‘deliberate’ car attack that left 19 people injured
- A 32-year-old immigrant from Afghanistan was arrested after driving a car through Melbourne crowds
- The driver was known to police and has a history of drug use, mental health issues and criminal history
- The 32-year-old acted alone, driving a white SUV into crowds of pedestrians near to Flinders Street Station
- 19 people are in hospital, four are critical and one young child with serious head injuries is stable
- A second 24-year-old man was arrested but police believe he has no links with the incident
- Witnesses described seeing the car run a red light and hurtle towards the crowds, hitting a tram stop bollard
- One witness said: ‘It just mowed everybody down, people were flying everywhere’
- The incident comes almost a year after the Bourke Street Mall rampage which brought the CBD to a standstill
- Do you know the identity of either of the men who were arrested?
More than a dozen pedestrians, including a toddler, have been injured and four are fighting for their life in hospital after a white Suzuki SUV with P-plates crashed into a large group of commuters and shoppers at 4.41pm on Thursday.
The crash injured 19 people, and two men have been arrested including the 32-year-old driver.
A photo of Flinders Street taken after the crash shows the devastating impact of the incident.
Eight victims can be seen being attended to by paramedics and passersby in the wake of the white SUV.
The crash injured 19 people, two in a critical condition while a pre-school aged child was left with serious head injuries but is in a stable condition.
Victoria Police believe the incident has no link to terror-related attacks.
‘We do not have any evidence to a connection with terrorism,’ Victoria Police said.
‘At this stage we believe it is a deliberate act, however we do not know the motivation.’
Premier of Victoria Daniel Andrews said Thursday night the ‘horrific act’ was targeted against ‘innocent bystanders’.
‘This is a terrible, evil, cowardly act.’