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One Dead, Multiple Injured After Car Plows Into Pedestrians in Times Square

Variety logo Variety 5/18/2017 Lawrence Yee

At least one person is dead and 19 injured after a car plowed into a crowd in New York City’s Times Square, the New York Fire Department confirms.

The incident happened about noon Eastern on Thursday at the intersection of 45th street and Broadway. New York City mayor Bill de Blasio said there was no indication it was an act of terror.

Photos from the scene show maroon Honda Accord on its side and its front windshield smashed. Emergency personnel arrived on scene and treated multiple injured.

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A New York Police Department spokesman said the driver of the car has been taken into custody.

Times Square is a busy business center and popular tourist destination.

The crash occurred right as the advertising and entertainment community were departing The CW’s upfront, which marked the final presentation for the week. The event was held not far from the accident, just about 10 blocks north, and many attendees were walking back towards the crash site as NYPD cars and helicopters began to arrive on scene.

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