Berlin car crash insults several, kills 1

Berlin car crash insults several, kills 1

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BERLIN — A car plowed into a group of people in Berlin’s Charlottenburg district Wednesday, killing at least one person and injuring several more, before bystanders detained the driver, reported police.

It is not clear whether the incident was deliberate or accidental, Martin Dams, a police spokesman told The Washington Post, adding that some people were “severely injured.”

Police spokesman Thilo Cablitz also told German television that “the driver was initially detained by pedestrians and subsequently arrested by an officer on the ground.”

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Police have not yet named the driver but said he is a 29-year-old German-Armenian man living in Berlin.

Fire service spokesperson at the scene Kevin Bartke said, “In total there are five life-threatening injuries and three severely injured, as well as an indefinite number of slightly injured.” He also confirmed that the driver received medical treatment but couldn’t say anything about the severity of his injuries.

German publication Welt said the driver was being treated at the hospital for a head injury and the fatality was a teacher.

The incident occurred close to the popular Kurfürstendamm shopping boulevard in the west of the German capital. The car drove onto the sidewalk and then into the display window of the Douglas drugstore.

On Twitter, actor John Barrowman, who was at the scene, wrote that the situation was “pretty horrific.” Barrowman later uploaded videos that showed emergency services, including helicopters, arriving to help people. “There’s a lot of police, a dead body in the middle of the road,” he said.

Berlin’s fire brigade tweeted that at least 60 of its responders were at the scene.

The corner where Wednesday’s incident unfolded is across from the Breitscheidplatz, a major public plaza, which was targeted by a Tunisian man who killed at least 12 people and wounded dozens more when he drove a black truck through crowds of visitors to one of the city’s most famous Christmas markets. The attack was claimed by the Islamic State group.

Hassan reported from London.

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