A man, who appeared intoxicated, drove his car the wrong way up a street and along a pavement in New York's Times Square on Thursday, leaving at least one person dead and more than 20 people injured. The incident initially sparked terror fears and police had the square locked down within minutes. Authorities were quick to reassure the public, at one of the busiest tourist spots in the world, that the incident was a car crash and not terror-related. An 18-year-old girl, named as Alyssa Elsman from Michigan, was killed in the horrific crash. Her 13-year-old sister was among the injured.
More pictures from the incident after the cut
|The driver before he was caught|
At around midday local time, the car made a U-turn at a junction and drove northwards, the wrong way up the street. It then mounted the curb and careered along the busy pavement at pace, plowing into pedestrians for at least three blocks. The burgundy Honda saloon was eventually stopped when it hit a stanchion at the corner of 45th Street and Broadway, and was left suspended between a lamppost and steel barriers intended to block vehicles from getting onto the pavement. There was chaos in the aftermath of the crash, with people running and screaming. The driver got out of the car, which had steam pouring from it, and started running before being tackled by a traffic officer and members of the public.