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1 dead, 8 injured after driver hits pedestrians in Berlin

Jun 8, 2022, 5:29 AM | Updated: Jun 25, 2022, 8:55 pm

Police stand near a car that plowed into pedestrians and then smashed into a Douglas perfume store ...

Police stand near a car that plowed into pedestrians and then smashed into a Douglas perfume store on Tauentzienstrasse on June 08, 2022 in Berlin, Germany. According to initial reports at least one person is dead and ten are injured following the incident. Police have not yet said whether it was an accident or some sort of attack. (Photo by Sean Gallup/Getty Images)

(Photo by Sean Gallup/Getty Images)

BERLIN (AP) — A man drove a car into pedestrians in a popular Berlin shopping district on Wednesday, killing at at least one person and injuring at least eight others, rescue services said.

The man drove into people on a street corner at around 10:30 a.m. before getting the car back on the road and then crashing into a shop window around a block further on, police spokesman Thilo Cablitz said.

Five people sustained life-threatening injuries and another three were seriously injured, fire service spokesman Adrian Wentzel told n-tv television. Police said more than a dozen people were injured.

The driver was apparently detained by passers-by before being arrested swiftly by a police officer who was near the scene, Cablitz said. He said police are trying to determine whether he deliberately drove into pedestrians or whether it was an accident, possibly caused by a medical emergency.

Police later tweeted that the driver was a 29-year-old German-Armenian who lives in Berlin. They didn’t give further details, and it wasn’t immediately clear what if anything he had told them in questioning.

Large numbers of rescue vehicles and first responders were at the scene.

Berlin Mayor Franziska Giffey tweeted that she was “deeply shocked by this incident.”

German Interior Ministry spokesman Maximilian Kall said it was “too soon” to say whether it was an accident or an intentional act.

The incident happened at one end of the Kurfuerstendamm shopping boulevard and next to the Breitscheidplatz square, where an extremist carried out a vehicle attack on a Christmas market in 2016, resulting in 13 deaths.

In a 2019 incident in central Berlin, an SUV plowed into a group of pedestrians, killing four people. The driver had suffered an epileptic seizure and veered onto the sidewalk.

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This version corrects the spelling of the fire service spokesman’s last name to Wentzel, not Wenzel.

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1 dead, 8 injured after driver hits pedestrians in Berlin