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As it happened: 22 hurt, one dead in NEW YORK crash

    An injured man treated at the scene of the incident in Times Square

A car struck pedestrians in one of New York's busiest tourist spots - injuring 22 people.

The suspect in the Times Square crash is led out of a police station in New York 
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EarthCam usually shows Times Square when it is bustling with tourists and office workers - but the scene right now is eerily quiet:
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There is a heightened police presence at some of New York's major landmarks "out of an abundance of caution", mayor Bill de Blasio says.
Summary of NYPD tweets after news conference 
Officials in New York City say the person killed in Times Square was an 18-year-old woman.
Ireland's Department of Foreign Affairs has given this emergency number for Irish citizens concerned about relatives in New York: 00353 (1) 408 2000.
More details on the injuries now
:: Four patients are described as critical and they have open fractures and "multiple traumas". However, officials say they are not "likely to perish" because they were treated quickly and taken to hospital quickly.
:: Three other patients are described as seriously injured but not critical.
:: Fifteen patients have "less serious" injuries.
NYPD Commissioner James O'Neill has named the driver as Richard Rojas.
Mayor Bill de Blasio gives news conference
He says 22 individuals were injured in the incident - and in addition, one young woman has died.
The driver was a former member of the armed forces and he is a US citizen.
Statement from New York governor Andrew Cuomo
He said: "Today's events at Times Square were nothing short of horrific. I was briefed at the scene by Commissioner O'Neill and saw firsthand the professionalism and diligence of New York's first responders. As facts continue to emerge, my heart goes out to the victims of this terrible tragedy, as well as their families."
Law enforcement official: The driver involved in the Times Square incident has two previous arrests for drunk driving.
More reaction from the scene
Asa Lowe, of Brooklyn, was standing outside the Levi store when he heard screaming, turned around and saw the car hitting people on the sidewalk.
He told the Associated Press: "He's just mowing down people. He didn't stop. He just kept going."
After the car struck a barricade and stopped, the driver climbed out of his vehicle.
"He got out of the car and he just started running until people tackled him down," Mr Lowe said. "Citizens just reacted."
Mr Soto, who is on a business visit to New York from his home in Chicago, added: "We have great police presence by the NYPD - they were on the scene very quickly.
"It’s really shocking for me to come across something like this... it really breaks my heart."
Witness Juan Soto told Sky News: "I came upon the scene - a gruesome scene with multiple victims on the sidewalk and the street.
"I saw the head injuries and the blood and the victims not moving I realised... that a car had ran into the crowd just minutes before."
Witnesses have told The New York Post that the driver tried to run away after crashing the car. He reportedly punched an officer before several policemen were able to apprehend him.
So - just to reiterate the latest numbers we are receiving from the New York Fire Department following the incident in Times Square: 19 people are injured, and one person has died.
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The crash happened at midday on a hot, clear day in New York - and large crowds were on the streets to enjoy the weather.
The sidewalks in many parts of Times Square and surrounding blocks are lined with metal posts designed to prevent cars from getting onto the sidewalks and other public areas.
That network of barricades, though, is far from a complete defence. There are many areas where vehicles could be driven onto packed sidewalks or public plazas.
Times Square also has a heavy police presence at all hours of the day and night.
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What we know about the driver
He is 26 years old and local media is reporting he is from the Bronx - however, that is yet to be confirmed.
As we reported a short time ago, he has been arrested and has a history of offences involving driving while under the influence. His alcohol levels are being tested.
Although a link to terrorism is not suspected, a bomb squad has been sent to the scene to check the car as a precaution.
The FBI is working with police in New York to investigate the Times Square incident.
Fox News says one of its NYPD contacts has told them the driver may have committed a robbery.
The New York Times reports that the driver appears to have been either drunk or on drugs - with a law enforcement official telling the paper that the suspect has a history of DUI arrests.
Our US Correspondent Amanda Walker says: "Anyone who has been to this area knows that a car travelling at 30 miles an hour is quite a rare thing."
Eyewitness: 'It was chaos'
The governor of New York, Andrew Cuomo, is on his way to the scene.
An unnamed woman has said: "It was chaos. We saw people lying on the ground ... We saw people running away, the vehicle was smoking. We were shooed away by police."
An unnamed man added: "When we heard the crash, we turned round and we saw four groups of people lying on the sidewalk.
"The vehicle started to smoke. I’d have to imagine that the car was travelling at at least 30mph."
US official: Preliminary information suggests Times Square incident is not related to terrorism - identity of driver is not yet known
AP: Law enforcement official says the Times Square driver is in custody and their alcohol levels are currently being tested.
Here is a picture of the car involved from a different angle - you can see it has been significantly damaged following the crash
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A Fox News reporter at the scene says the car was driving in the wrong direction up Broadway before mounting the pavement. They say the driver seemed intent on causing maximum damage.
CBS in New York are reporting that as many as 20 people have been injured.
CBS News, citing New York City police, say that the Times Square incident is not connected to terrorism.
Eyewitnesses have been reporting that the vehicle had entered Times Square at speed, hitting the pavement and striking a number of people before ending up propped on bollards.
According to reports, the driver has survived and has been arrested.
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An image from the scene. Pic: @gb__
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A witness also told Reuters that at least one person has been killed
A witness told Reuters seven people were loaded on to stretchers after the vehicle hit pedestrians
 A victim is treated by emergency services:
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At least 10 people are being treated for injuries as a vehicle strikes pedestrians in Times Square in New York City.
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