Van Rams Into Sidewalk, Starbucks In Shanghai, Several Casualties

Several people were reported injured as the field license van 'deliberately' crashed into the crowd

China’s newspaper the People’s Daily, China reported the incident was not a terrorist attack and was caused by a driver, who was smoking and lost control of the vehicle.

Several people died and many were reported injured Friday after a van plowed into the pedestrians in Shanghai. Sources stated the incident took place around 9:15 a.m. local time (8.15 p.m. EST, Thursday) when the van crashed into a crowd on a sidewalk near the gate of the People’s Park in Shanghai Nanjingxilu and Huangbei North Road. It then rammed into a Starbucks outlet, and caught fire.

Several people were reported injured as the field license van “deliberately” crashed into the crowd. The van was reportedly fitted with multiple liquefied gas cylinders. Initial reports suggested the incident was suspected to be a suicide attack.

Since the incident, two videos have been shared by Augustus Manchurius on his Twitter account where emergency services could be seen assisting the injured.

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