Melbourne: 3 dead, 20 injured after driver ploughs car into pedestrians

Emergency services are treating the incident as a "mass casualty event" and hospitals have been put on "Code Red" to accept casualties.

Melbourne: 3 dead, 20 injured after driver ploughs car into pedestrians

During the busy hours of Melbourne, 3 persons were killed and 20 injured when a car hit pedestrians in the CBD area of the city.

According to the reports, Police has arrested the driver of the car. Australian media reported that the car was driving erratically before the incident, which occurred during the city's busy lunchtime, and at least one shot was fired.

After the incident in the popular Bourke Street, police have locked down the city and suspended tram services. "At this stage it is believed a man driving a vehicle has struck a number of pedestrians in Bourke and Queen St just before 2 pm," Victoria state police said in a statement posted on their official twitter account.


The incident was not related to terrorism, Victorian police told reporters at a press conference on Friday. Emergency services are treating the incident as a "mass casualty event" and hospitals have been put on "Code Red" to accept casualties.

This happened when Melbourne is hosting the Australian Open tennis grand slam and is packed with thousands of extra tourists, only a few blocks from where the incident occurred. Victoria police said that the tennis tournament was open and operating normally.