"I saw a red auto driving, the man said, "and he started plowing people over".
A teenager was killed and 22 others were wounded when an out-of-control vehicle driven by a suspected drunk-driver ploughed into pedestrians in New York's Times Square.
Gov. Andrew Cuomo, who came to the scene, saying: "Today's events were nothing short of horrific".
The White House says that President Donald Trump has been "made aware" that a auto plowed into a crowd of pedestrians in Times Square and that he will continue to receive updates as the situation unfolds.
Firefighters said the accident took place at 45th Street and Broadway in Times Square at the start of the lunch hour.
The NYPD tweeted that its preliminary information was that a Honda Accord "mounted the sidewalk" shortly before noon, adding: "Richard Rojas, 26 y/o of the #Bronx (driver) drove at a high rate of speed".
Smoke was coming out of the car's hood and the vehicle was slightly overturned on a barrier at a sidewalk in Times Square.
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The crash occurred during lunchtime here with hundreds of thousands of people on the street. The vehicle came to rest with its two right wheels in the air.
A vehicle sped onto a crowded Times Square sidewalk shortly before noon killing an 18-year-old woman. O'Neill reiterated that at the moment there is no indication that the incident is "terror related".
Images on social media also showed people being taken away on stretchers and other casualties strewn around the walkway. Video posted online showed steam or smoke pouring from the auto for a few moments after it stopped moving.
Slamming into a barrier the auto finally stopped the alleged drunk driver. Richard Rojas told police, according to the NY Post. Lowe saw injured people, including a woman who "had tracks all over her body". He has a history of two DWI arrests, in 2008 and 2015. He was in custody, and it wasn't clear if he had an attorney yet who could comment on his behalf.
Police do not suspect a link to terrorism, but the vehicle was checked by the bomb squad and certain city landmarks were getting a beefed up police presence. "Out of an abundance of caution major sites in this city will get additional police coverage from our anti-terror units". However none of the four seem to have life- threatening injuries, authorities said.
Kenya Bradix, 47, a supervisor at Planet Hollywood, said he was walking back to the restaurant on 45th Street, when he heard screams and saw Rojas' auto driving along the sidewalk on the west side of 7th Avenue, heading against traffic.