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Driver ploughs into Melbourne crowd, injuring 16

Published: December 21, 2017 13:18:27 | Updated: December 21, 2017 19:32:29


Police officers stand guard as members of the public stand behind police tape after the arrest of the driver of a vehicle that ploughed into pedestrians at a crowded intersection in central Melbourne, Australia on Thursday. - Reuters photo Police officers stand guard as members of the public stand behind police tape after the arrest of the driver of a vehicle that ploughed into pedestrians at a crowded intersection in central Melbourne, Australia on Thursday. - Reuters photo

Australian police have arrested a driver after a car drove into a crowd in Melbourne.

The car "collided with a number of pedestrians" on Flinders Street, a busy junction in the centre of the city, Victoria Police said Thursday.

The exact situation remains unclear and police said they did not yet know the extent of injuries.

Images from the scene show a number of people lying on the ground close to a large white vehicle.

Media reports suggest up to 16 people may have been hurt, according to a BBC report.

Victoria Ambulance said, in a statement, that a child of pre-school age has been taken to hospital with serious head injuries.

One witness told local radio station 3AW the car "just mowed everybody down, people were flying everywhere".

Police have asked people to avoid the area.

They have not said there is any indication the incident is terror-related.

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