Multiple casualties as car ploughs into crowd 'on purpose' – witnesses in shock

Multiple people are believed to be injured after a driver mowed down a crowd of people near a city centre train station.

At least seven people are thought to be injured – some seriously – after the incident at Hardenbergplatz at Bahnhof Zoo in Berlin, Germany.

The driver reportedly raced towards the crowd at 7.20am on Sunday, leaving passersby “shocked” as he ran people over.

German media BILD News said 55 firefighters were deployed, as was a rescue helicopter and police are now on site with explosives and detection dogs.

The outlet also claimed witnesses saw one person having to be resuscitated after they became trapped under the car.

BILD said 17 people who witnessed the incident and are being given pastoral care for shock.

Security guards at the train station acted quickly and are said to have arrested the driver, although police are yet to confirm this.

In a Tweet, the Berlin Fire Department said: “For reasons not yet clear, a car got off the road and drove onto the sidewalk.

“7 people were injured, 3 of them seriously. One person had to be resuscitated.”