Dozen hurt as car hits crowd in Melbourne

 21 Dec 2017 - 10:16

Dozen hurt as car hits crowd in Melbourne
Flinders St station is blocked by the police following the car incident in Melbourne, Australia, December 21, 2017 in this picture obtained from social media. Mohamed Khairat/via REUTERS

AFP

Sydney: A car ploughed into a crowd of pedestrians in Australia's second-largest city on Thursday, injuring at least a dozen people, some of them seriously, officials said.

Victoria state police said they had arrested the driver of a car after it "collided with a number of pedestrians" in downtown Melbourne.

Paramedics were "treating and transporting to hospital 12 people", with some seriously injured, Ambulance Victoria added.

Sky News Australia reported that a pre-school child with a head injury was taken to hospital in a serious condition.

A witness, Sue, told Melbourne radio station 3AW that she heard screams before she saw "people flying everywhere".

"We could hear this noise, as we looked left, we saw this white car, it just mowed everybody down," she said.

"People are flying everywhere. We heard thump, thump. People are running everywhere."