BREAKING: At Least
Posted: July 14, 2016
30 70+ Dead, 100 Injured After Truck Rams into Bastille Day Crowd in Southern French City of Nice
There are reports multiple people have been killed after a truck crashed into a crowd celebrating Bastille Day in the southern French city of Nice.
Police and ambulances went to the scene and authorities from the local Alpes-Maritimes prefecture urged residents to stay indoors.
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— yannick (@yvnnick) July 14, 2016
Former Nice mayor Christian Estrosi tweeted that “dozens” of people had been killed and photos on social media appeared to show bodies lying on the ground.
Local media called the incident a terrorist attack.
An AFP reporter described seeing a white van driving at high speed onto the famed Promenade des Anglais as people were leaving after the fireworks display.
— HARP DETECTIVES (@harp_detectives) July 14, 2016
“We saw people hit and bits of debris flying around,” he said, adding that the incident took place near the city’s famed Hotel Negresco.
Terrified pedestrians screamed as they fled the area.
“It was absolute chaos,” the reporter said.
A truck crashed into the crowd gathered Thursday, July 14 on the Promenade des Anglais in Nice to attend the fireworks organized by the municipality on the occasion of National Day . The Alpes-Maritimes prefecture spoke of an attack and asked residents to stay cloistered . According to the mayor and witnesses present on site , many victims are reported. Around 23 h 20 , a major security perimeter was delimited nearby, around the Place Massena. A journalist from the local Nice Matin publication says ” people are running , it’s panic . It is mounted on the Prome and drove all over the world. There the world in blood , probably full of wounded . “
ABC producer David Coady was at the scene, and said he “joined throngs of people” running away from the promenade.
“Saw a truck amongst people when the screaming started. About 50m away,” he tweeted.
Local media is reporting that gunshots were heard.
A photo on social media showed a truck with what appeared to be bullet holes in its windscreen.
More to come….