Marseille : One dead after car crashes into a bus stop
At least one person has been killed and another one was injured this morning in Marseille when a speeding car drove into two bus stops.
French authorities said the vehicle climbed onto the pavement in the 13th ring-district in the north of the city at about 9am on Monday, hitting and injuring one person. Just an hour later, the same vehicle plowed into a second bus stop in the 11th district, a few miles south, killing one person.
Local media have reported that the woman killed in the crash in the Valentine district of the city was 42-years-old.
The driver was stopped and arrested with armed police and soldiers flooding the scene. “At the moment we have no information on the motives of this individual,” a police official told Reuters. However, according to some sources, the attack might be a terrorist action.
Officers spotted the vehicle in the Vieux Port area of Marseille, where they arrested the driver, a 35-year-old man known to the police for “acts of minor delinquency”. French media reported that the vehicle was a stolen Renault Espace and that the driver in custody was said to have “psychological problems”. Police advised locals and tourists to keep away from the port area.
French police and armed forces announced they will remain on high alert and urged citizens to keep vigilant and avoid public gatherings and high-risk events.
The incident comes just days after back-to-back van attacks in Barcelona and Spanish resort town of Cambrils killed 14 people, putting the entire Europe on edge and igniting debates about security, migrant policies and human rights.