3 Dead and 34 Injured After SUV Driver Intentionally Plows into Pedestrians in Austria
A driver used his vehicle as a weapon in the Austrian city Graz
At least three people have died and 34 more are injured after a man purposely drove through a crowd in Graz, Austria on Saturday, according to CNN.
The driver, identified by the Graz City Council in a statement as a 26-year-old male, intentionally used his SUV as a weapon, according to CNN.
The man drove through Graz, Austria’s second-largest city, into a square where cars are not typically allowed to drive in an attempt to hit pedestrians, the news outlet reported.
An event related to the nearby Austrian Formula 1 Grand Prix was being held in the square at the time, according to the BBC.
Of the three fatalities, one is a child. Ten of those injured are in serious condition, and one remains critical, according to CNN.
The driver, an Austrian citizen, has been arrested, officials said during a press conference Saturday. No motive has been determined, but the officials said they don’t believe it’s related to terrorism, reported CNN.
An eyewitness, Helmut Reinisch, told the BBC he saw bodies “covered in blood” lying on the ground, among them a young boy.
“The driver deliberately drove into pedestrians. I myself saw a woman being run over,” the city’s mayor Siegfried Naglhe, who witnessed the incident, said according to the BBC.
Naglhe has canceled all events in the city and ordered black flags of mourning raised about all of Graz’s municipal buildings.
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