1 person dead, 5 in ‘life-threatening’ condition as man plows car into people in Berlin

Police detain driver after incident in the Charlottenburg district.

1 person dead, 5 in ‘life-threatening’ condition as man plows car into people in Berlin

BERLIN — A car drove onto a crowded pavement in Berlin’s western shopping district Wednesday, causing at least one death and multiple injuries.

The incident took place at 10:30 a.m. on Kurfürstendamm in the Charlottenburg district of the German capital, according to a spokesperson for the city police.

“There are five life-threatening injured persons and three seriously injured persons who were brought to hospitals and furthermore one person died here on site,” a firefighters’ spokesperson in Berlin told reporters at the site of the incident. “Currently, we do not have an exact number of lightly injured persons,” he added.

The driver of the car, a silver Renault Clio, reportedly drove onto the sidewalk where he hit multiple people.

The 29-year-old male, as confirmed by a Berlin police spokesperson, continued to drive for hundreds of meters before crashing into the glass storefront of a cosmetics retailer. The driver left the car and attempted to flee the scene, but he was detained by bystanders and subsequently arrested by a nearby police officer.

It’s not yet clear whether the incident was an accident or whether the vehicle was driven intentionally off the street.

The incident took place directly next to the scene of a terror attack in December 2016, when a truck drove through a Christmas market at Berlin’s Breitscheidplatz.

That attack, carried out by an extremist who had hijacked a truck, killed 11. Since then, bollards have been placed around the square in order to obstruct vehicular traffic.