Bilen, som fortsatt var i brann, stoppet foran en Starbucks-kafe.
Atten mennesker er såret, tre alvorlig, etter at en varebil kjørte opp på fortauet og meide ned folk i sentrum av Shanghai.
Bilen skal ha kjørt ned fotgjengerne i en gate nær People’s Square ved 9-tiden fredag morgen lokal tid, mens folk var på vei til jobb. Det skal ha vært mye folk på fortauet.
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(skjermdump fra Twitter, The Strait Times)
Varebilen begynte å brenne men brannen ble raskt slukket, ifølge lokale myndigheter, skriver Reuters.
The vehicle was on fire, the statement added, without saying if the fire happened before the incident occurred.
The flames had since been extinguished and an investigation was underway, the government said, without elaborating.
Shanghai-based news portal The Paper said the vehicle was a minivan, and cited eyewitnesses as saying it was on fire as it drove onto the pavement, knocked people down and came to a stop in front of a Starbucks outlet.
Vitner fortalte The Paper at det var gassbeholdere ombord i bilen.
Some bystanders tried to break the window of the vehicle and drag out the six people in the vehicle, including the driver, The Paper reported.
Other witnesses told the news outlet that there were gas cylinders in the vehicle.The story was later removed from the news outlet’s website and replaced with the Shanghai government’s short statement on the incident, likely an indication that the government ordered the story to be taken down.