Car Plows Into Pedestrians in New York Times Square; 1 Dead - LATEST UPDATE

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REUTERS/Mike SegarA vehicle that struck pedestrians and later crashed is seen on the sidewalk in New York City, U.S., May 18, 2017.

A speeding car plowed into pedestrians on a sidewalk in New York City's busy Times Square on Thursday, killing one person and injuring a dozen, according to witnesses, and police said the incident did not appear to be an act of terrorism.

A Reuters witness said one person was covered with a bloodstained blanket after the collision, which occurred around noon ET (1600 GMT) at the Midtown Manhattan tourist venue.

The city's fire department said there were 13 casualties.

Hundreds of thousands of people, many of them tourists from around the world, pass daily through the bustling commercial area, the heart of the Broadway theater district.

Witnesses said the motorist had driven a red Honda sedan against traffic and onto the sidewalk, striking pedestrians. The car crashed into a pole and came to rest at 45th Street and Broadway before police took the driver away.

Witnesses said the motorist had driven a red Honda sedan against traffic and onto the sidewalk, striking pedestrians. The car crashed into a pole and came to rest at 45th Street and Broadway before police took the driver away.

News outlets said the suspect was a 26-year-old male from the city's Bronx borough. Reuters was not immediately able to confirm those reports.

Cheryl Howard and her daughter were out shopping when the car sped down the sidewalk. "I'm so freaked out!" the daughter said. "They mowed everyone down."

(Aditional reporting by Andrew Chung and Dan Bases; Writing by Daniel Wallis; Editing by Howard Goller)