Manchester police in the UK have arrested a 21-year-old man after he allegedly ran over several pedestrians, leaving five people with serious injuries.
Police were called to Europa Way, Trafford Park on Friday morning (Thursday evening local time), after reports that a car had collided with a number of pedestrians at the roundabout.
Greater Manchester Police’s Chief Superintendent Jo Rogerson, said it was an “extremely serious incident” but there was no evidence to suggest it was terrorism related.
“We now have a man in custody and we will be questioning him under caution as part of our investigation. ”
“This is an extremely serious incident that we are dealing with and I cannot stress the importance of people contacting us if they know something,” chief Superintendent Rogerson said.
The car allegedly failed to stop at the scene and was located in the Salford area.
Police released a statement saying: “In the early hours of this morning, a 21-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of causing serious injury by dangerous driving and failing to stop after a collision. He remains in police custody. ”
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The Manchester Evening News reported there were several “distressed” people at the scene as police cordoned off several streets surrounding the roundabout at Trafford Park.
“There’s a really heavy police presence. A number of roads have been cordoned off with tape and traffic cones,” the paper said.
“Within the cordon there were some really distressed people. They were going there to hand out water to them.”
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The North West Ambulance Service told the newspaper the five pedestrians were in a “serious condition”.
“We were called at 9.49pm to reports of a collision between a car and pedestrians. We currently have five patients, all in a serious condition.”
“We have four ambulances, an advanced paramedic, a senior clinician and three hazardous area response teams (HART) at the scene.”
Sources: At least one person has life threatening injuries following a collision involving multiple pedestrians in Manchester. pic.twitter.com/br2u3RxFIW
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