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    Australian police and paramedics are seen near the place where they arrested the driver of a vehicle that had ploughed into pedestrians at a crowded intersection near the Flinders Street train station, in central Melbourne, Australia, December 21, 2017

    19 Injured as Car Rams Pedestrians in Australia: Police Consider it Deliberate

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    According to Victoria state police, the driver of a car that "collided with a number of pedestrians" in downtown Melbourne, Australia has been arrested, no evidence of terror link.

    At least 19 people were injured on Thursday when a car plowed into a group of pedestrians in the center of Melbourne, Australia, the Victoria ambulance service tweeted.

    "We could hear this noise, as we looked left, we saw this white car, it just mowed everybody down," a witness, Sue, told Melbourne radio station 3AW.

    "People are flying everywhere. We heard thump, thump. People are running everywhere," she added.

    The suspected perpetrator of the car ramming incident in Australia’s Melbourne is known to Victoria police and has mental health issues as well as history of drug use, the police said Thursday.

    "At this stage we believe it is a deliberate act however we do not know the motivation," Australia’s Victoria Police said.

    "We don’t at this time have any evidence or any intelligence to indicate there’s a connection with terrorism … Having said that, however, continue to support this investigation with our counterterrorism command," a police official said.

    According to Sky News, the victims included a preschool-aged child. The car did not stop at an intersection and ignored a red light, knocking down several people.

    "The police officers are at the scene on Flinders Street… where the car knocked down several pedestrians. The police detained the driver of the car," the state police reported on their official website.

    "The driver of the vehicle and a second man have been arrested and are in police custody," the police said in a statement.

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    Emergency cars are seen on the street following the incident outside Flinders St station in Melbourne, Australia, December 21, 2017 in this picture obtained from social media
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    Emergency cars are seen on the street following the incident outside Flinders St station in Melbourne, Australia, December 21, 2017 in this picture obtained from social media

    Law enforcements asked eyewitnesses to help in the investigation by sending photos and videos of the incident.

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