Car ploughs into crowd in Poland, injuring 17 including three children, as driver flees the scene

1 March 2024, 17:40

The incident took place in Szczecin
The incident took place in Szczecin. Picture: Getty

By Kit Heren

A car has smashed into a crowd in a Polish city, injuring 17 people, including three children.

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The 33-year-old driver in the collision Szczecin tried to flee the scene, but was later stopped by bystanders, according to reports.

Police do not consider the incident to be a terrorist attack, although a motive has not been made clear.

The driver is said to have driven off the road at high speeds before colliding with the victims on a pedestrian crossing.

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The scene is cordoned off after a car drove through a group of pedestrians in Szczecin, northeastern Poland on March 1
The scene is cordoned off after a car drove through a group of pedestrians in Szczecin, northeastern Poland on March 1. Picture: Getty
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At least seven people hit by the driver were rushed to hospital, with two in a serious but stable condition.

Images from the scene show several cars looking seriously damaged.

Provincial governor Adam Rudawski told reporters: "We have an incident here with currently 17 people injured.

He added that that includes "three minors and two in critical condition."

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Mr Rudawski said: "The person who caused the accident has been detained."

Pawel Pankau, a police spokesman for the area, added: "This was not a terrorist act."

Officers continue to investigate.

Szczecin is a city of nearly 400,000 people in north-west Poland.

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