Seven people injured as car hits pedestrians near train station in Berlin

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  • July 26, 2020
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Seven people have been injured as a car swerved off a road and drove towards a crowd of people outside a train station in Germany‘s capital.

The incident happened in Berlin’s Hardenbergplatz, outside the Zoological Garden railway station, shortly after 7am on Sunday.

Three people have suffered “serious injuries”, Berlin’s fire department said on Twitter, and one casualty had to be resuscitated at the scene.

Approximately 60 firefighters were deployed, as well as explosive detection dogs, according to local news.

Firemen work at the accident site where a car crashed into a group of people at Bahnhof Zoo in Berlin (Tobias Schwarz/AFP via Getty Images)

Police said the driver of the vehicle – a black Mercedes SUV – has been taken into custody and an investigation is underway.

It appears the accident was caused by excessive speed, with the driver losing control of the car while turning left from Hardenbergstraße.

In a statement, Berlin’s fire department said: “For reasons not yet clear, a car went off the road and drove onto the sidewalk.

“Seven people were injured, three of them seriously. One person had to be resuscitated. Many of those affected are being cared for in a pastoral manner.”

It is understood the driver turned onto Charlottenburg street and crossed a traffic light before ploughing into the pavement.

The police was reported as saying there is currently no evidence that the crash was “politically or religiously motivated”.