1 dead, 8 injured after driver hits pedestrians in Berlin

BERLIN — A man drove a car into pedestrians in a popular shopping area in Berlin on Wednesday, killing at least one person and injuring at least eight others, rescue services said.

The man ran into people on a street corner around 10:30 a.m., put the car back on the road and crashed into a shop window a block away, police spokesman Thilo Cablitz said.

Fire department spokesman Stefan Salzwedel estimated the number of injured at eight. More than ten people were injured, according to police. Police said some of them were in serious condition.

The driver was apparently detained by passersby before being quickly arrested by a police officer who was near the scene, Cablitz said. He said police are trying to determine whether he deliberately ran into pedestrians or whether it was an accident, possibly caused by a medical emergency.

He said he had no further information about the man, who was driving a small car, or what he has told police so far.

Large numbers of rescue vehicles and first responders were on the scene.

The incident took place on one side of the Kurf├╝rstendamm shopping boulevard and next to Breitscheidplatz, where an extremist carried out a vehicle attack on a Christmas market in 2016, killing 13.

In a 2019 incident in central Berlin, an SUV rammed into a group of pedestrians, killing four people. The driver had had a seizure and ended up on the sidewalk.

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