At least one person was killed while another injured in the French port city of Marseille after a car crashed into two bus shelters on Monday.
Authorities say the driver was arrested at the scene of the incident. The driver being treated as a suspect is a 35-year-old man. He first drove his car into a packed bus shelter in the Croix-Rounge ares of Marseille a little past 8 a.m.
The driver sped off. Ambulances were called to help treat people injured in the attack.
Just an hour after, at around 9 a.m., the same dark vehicle was seen driving again into a stop in an area of the city known as Valentine. It was there that a pedestrian who was simply waiting for a bus was killed.
Julien Ravier, mayor of the 11th and 12th districts, told BFMTV news channel that the victim was a woman who was in her 40s simply waiting alone at the bus stop.
BFMTV reported that a bystander was able to take note if the registration number of the vehicle involved, which the police used to trace the vehicle to the city’s Old Port district.
The driver was later caught in the Old Port. The area was shut off to traffic, ans people were instructed to keep out from the area. The said neighborhood is popular with tourists.
Another source told local media that the driver involved was not from Marseille. A different source said the vehicle involved was a van.
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Marseille police has yet to release the identity of the driver. They have yet to confirm, too, whether the incident was being treated as a terror attack or a mere accident.
The incident, however, follows a series of ISIS-linked terrorist attacks across France, and other parts of Europe including the recent attacks in Britain and Spain, all involving vehicles being driven into crowds at speed. It also comes just as police across Europe are in search for the driver of the van that mowed down pedestrians in Barcelona last week which killed 13.