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At least 20 people have been injured and one is dead after a speeding car struck pedestrians in New York City’s Times Square.

A witness told Reuters news agency they saw seven people being loaded onto stretchers, shoes scattered around the scene and one person covered in a bloodstained blanket.

Man detained over the incident

Image: A man has been detained over the incident

An injured pedestrian says the driver’s actions appeared to have been “intentional”.

Other witnesses said the vehicle drove against traffic and onto the pavement before striking the pedestrians at about midday local time.

A person is treated at the scene of the incident

Image: A person is treated at the scene of the incident

CBS has reported that the vehicle involved was a red saloon.

Pictures on the US network showed a man being bundled into a police vehicle by several officers and said he was the suspect.

Car crash

Image: Another view of the car in Times Square

It ended up partly on its side outside the Swatch shop, at the corner of Broadway and W 45th St in one of the world’s most popular tourist attractions.

CBS says New York City Police are telling them the incident is not connected to terrorism.

  1. An aerial view of the car involved

    Several pedestrians have been injured by a speeding car in New York City’s Times Square. This image shows an aerial view of the car involved

  2. Car crash

    The scene of the incident in Times Square. Pic: @gb__

  3. Car crash

    The car appeared to have come to a stop on the pavement

  4. A person is treated at the scene in New York

    A person is treated at the scene in New York

  5. Arrest made in New York at scene of car crash

    One man has been arrested at the scene of the car crash

  6. A person is treated at the scene of the incident

    Another injured person being treated

  7. Car crash

    The incident occurred around midday in New York

  8. A stretch of Times Square has now been cordoned off. Pic: John Arabadjis

    A stretch of Times Square has now been cordoned off. Pic: John Arabadjis

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One witness told Fox News: “The car was driving the wrong direction up Broadway before mounting the sidewalk.

“It seemed the driver was intent on causing maximum damage.”

A person is treated at the scene in New York

Image: A person is treated at the scene in New York

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