NEW YORK CITY ― A vehicle barreled into pedestrians on a New York City sidewalk Thursday, leaving at least one person dead and at least 12 other passersby injured, according the New York City Fire Department.
Pictures of the aftermath were posted by social media users, which showed a car spewing smoke as first responders report to the scene. (Some of the photos shown below may be disturbing to some readers.)
Tiffany Wong, 23, was across the street from the carnage when the crash occurred.
“It was unreal, I’m still trying to process,” Wong told HuffPost. “I saw the car go down the sidewalk across from me, then it was smoking and on fire. I saw one woman who was hit and on the ground. And that was after he hit a bunch of others.”
Wong said she saw a man inside the vehicle crawl out and try to run away. Other pedestrians stopped him from fleeing, she said.
The New York City Police Department and first responders are on the scene of a still active investigation. Police and fire officials have blocked off the street three blocks in every direction from the incident. The NYPD did not immediately return a request for comment.
See more photos of the incident below.
The car that ran into pedestrians in Times Square on Thursday, May 18, 2017.
An injured woman lays on the sidewalk in Times Square after a speeding vehicle struck pedestrians on the sidewalk.
A wrecked car sits in the intersection of 45th and Broadway in Times Square, May 18, 2017 in New York City.
First responders are assisting injured pedestrians after a vehicle struck pedestrians on a sidewalk in Times Square.
According to reports there were multiple injuries and one fatality after the car plowed into a crowd of people.
First responders are at the scene as people help injured pedestrians.
An injured man is seen on the sidewalk in Times Square.
A woman attends to an injured man on the sidewalk in Times Square.
People attend injured pedestrians a moment after a car plunged into them in Times Square.
Police secure an are near a car after it plunged into pedestrians in Times Square.
A woman is seen on the sidewalk in Times Square after a speeding vehicle struck pedestrians on the sidewalk.
This is a developing story.