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One dead after van hits Marseille bus stops

Sky News logo Sky News 21/08/2017
French police secure the area in Marseille, where one person was killed and another injured after a car crashed into two bus shelters © Reuters French police secure the area in Marseille, where one person was killed and another injured after a car crashed into two bus shelters

One person has died and another injured after a van crashed into two bus shelters in different parts of Marseille an hour apart.

Police urged people to avoid Boulevard Charles Livon in the Old Port area of France's second-largest city, near to where important military barracks are situated.

The driver, a 35-year-old man, was arrested at the scene and said to have psychological issues as well as being known to police for minor crimes.

French forensic police search after Marseille car crash - one person has died and another is injured © Getty French forensic police search after Marseille car crash - one person has died and another is injured

"At the moment we have no information on the motives of this individual," a police official said.

Authorities later added the incident is not being treated as terrorism.

The first bus shelter was hit by a Renault Master van in the northern part of the city around 8.15am local time, before a second bus shelter in front of a KFC restaurant was hit an hour later around three miles away in the south of Marseille.

Marseille's Old Port district © Sky News Screen Grab Marseille's Old Port district

French media reported one person was hospitalised after the first collision while a woman in her 40s died following the second incident.

Police were seen securing an area of Marseille as forensic officers investigated.

It comes after last week's terror attacks in Spain, where vehicles were used to kill 14 people in Barcelona and the resort town of Cambrils.

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