A van has crashed in Barcelona, striking people in a sidewalk, this has left a number of pedestrians’ along the iconic Las Ramblas tourist hotspot.
The van driver managed to flee as reported by local reports. Photos and footage taken by eyewitnesses from the scene show a huge emergency response after the smash on the iconic spot.
Locals have been advised to avoid the area as emergency services react to a serious incident in the Spanish city.
Shoppers and pedestrians have been seen running into buildings as the armed police flooded the area, the Metro lines have also been shut down.
Testimonies issued by eyewitnesses revealed that the van careered into pedestrians as they crossed the road. Police have confirmed that the massive crash involved a white van mounting the pavement.
And witnesses have told of hearing gunshots, although this has not been confirmed.
British tourists are known to spend most of their summer holidays in Barcelona. Local outlet El Pais claims that police sources have said that the driver ran away from the van on foot after the smash.
The authorities are currently conducting an operation to apprehend the person who was at the wheel.
Cops have ordered shops and restaurants in the area to shut in the wake of the crash.
The van entered the pedestrian area at the junction of Las Ramblas and Placa Catalunya.
Reports say the van ploughed into people outside a Kosher food shop, although this is yet to be confirmed.