At least 3 people have been killed and 20 more injured after a vehicle was driven into a crowd of people in the center of Australia’s second largest city Melbourne.
Police say the driver deliberately ran people over in Melbourne, adding there’s no reason to believe the incident is linked to and act of terrorism just yet. Authorities said the tragedy is believed to be linked to an overnight stabbing.
“Paramedics are treating up to 20 people injured when they were hit by a car in Bourke Street in the CBD,” Victoria Ambulance said, adding that“some have serious injuries.”
“At this stage it is believed a man driving a vehicle has struck a number of pedestrians in Bourke and Queens St just before 2pm,” police said via Twitter.
The incident happened at about 1:30pm local time near Bourke and Elizabeth streets in Melbourne’s city centre emergency services said.
Emergency services are treating the incident as a “mass casualty event,” while hospitals have been put on “Code Red”, according to the Australian.
The cause of the incident is yet unclear.
The area has been cordoned off and is now swarming with emergency services personnel.