Driver mounts pavement and crashes into several people sitting at a terrace bar in Marbella: Vehicle ‘was zig-zagging and sweeping everything away’
- The car crashed into a terrace in the Costa del Sol holiday resort of Marbella
- According to local reports, at least eight people have been injured in the crash
- A man, believed to have been driving the car, has since been arrested by police
- Images shared on social media showed bystanders tending to the wounded
A car has plowed into several people sat on a terrace at a bar in the Costa del Sol holiday resort of Marbella, injuring eight people according to local reports.
A police spokeswoman said officers arrested the car’s driver and are investigating the incident.
Police and paramedics rushed to the premises, which is in an area of the centre of town near the beachfront which is full of cafes and eateries and is hugely popular with tourists.
Online videos from the scene of the crash, one of the main thoroughfares in the coastal resort city, showed ambulances and police officers while waiters cleaned up or assisted people on the ground.
The incident took place in the mid-afternoon as the area was brimming with customers having lunch, said Raul Morote, whose family owns several restaurants on the popular avenue.
‘The car was zigzagging and sweeping away everything,’ Morote told AP.
Police in Marbella were not immediately available for comment, but El Espanol newspaper reported the driver was a young local man who was in the car with his parents and police were not treating the accident as terrorism-related.
Pictured: Bystanders try to help a person who was involved in the crash in Marbella on Monday
Pictured: The car (left and right) that plowed through the crowd in Marbella on Monday
Online videos from the scene of the crash (pictured), one of the main thoroughfares in the coastal resort city, showed ambulances and police officers while waiters cleaned up or assisted people on the ground
Local police reported that five people had been taken to the Costa del Sol Hospital, one of them with serious injuries, according to The Sun.
It is not yet clear how many people have been hurt in total and whether anyone could have been killed.
According to local media a 30-year-old man, believed to be the person driving the car, has been arrested following the incident.
The bar is in a street called Avenida Miguel Cano, near the spot where holidaymakers start tours of the Marbella in horse-drawn carriages.
Pictured: The scene in Marbella on Monday from above showing the crashed car (left) and emergency service vehicle lining the street (right) following the crash
Police and paramedics (pictured) rushed to the premises, which is in an area of the centre of town near the beachfront which is full of cafes and eateries and is hugely popular with tourists
Police have yet to make any official comment on the incident, that took place at around 3:30 p.m. local time (2.30 p.m. GMT).
Several ambulances and at least one fire engine was shown in pictures from the scene, where the car had appeared to crash into a shop front.
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