In Shanghai the van was driven into a crowd of pedestrians

BEIJING, Feb 2 – RIA Novosti. In the center of Shanghai, the van drove onto the sidewalk and hit pedestrians. Eighteen people were hospitalized, reports the Xinhua news Agency.

Local media in #Shanghai says car crash that hurt 18 may have been an accident, not an attack, as previously assumed.#BREAKING #BreakingNews #ShanghaiCrash #China pic.twitter.com/ELVIgA6IpM
— The Mount Royal Times (@MountRoyalTimes) on 2 February 2018.

The incident occurred at nine in the morning local time on crossing of streets of Xinchang and Nanjing in one of the most touristic areas of the city Huangpu.

Van strikes people in #Shanghai crash accident police say was: A minivan crashed into the #pedestrians on a busy sidewalk in downtown Shanghai in what police say they believe was an accident with the driver smoking while transporting gas tanks through the… pic.twitter.com/87udlIC6wL
— Real News Line (@RealNewsLine) on 2 February 2018.

After the collision with the fence of the coffee shop Starbucks van caught fire, but the fire managed to spread to gas cylinders. Arriving firefighters quickly extinguished the flames.

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