AT LEAST 12 pedestrians have been struck by an out-of-control car on Flinders St between Elizabeth and Swanston streets in the heart of Melbourne this afternoon.
The driver of the car has been arrested by police.
Commuters were making their way to and from the city’s main train station around 4.40pm when the white SUV collided with pedestrians.
“Police have arrested the driver of the car. Extent of injuries are not known at this stage,” Creina O’Grady, a police spokeswoman said.
mbulance Victoria says paramedics are assessing 12 people at the scene of the incident.
Three people have been taken to the Alfred Hospital and three people have been taken to the Royal Melbourne Hospital.
A preschool aged child with a head injury has been taken to Royal Childrens Hospital in a serious condition.
There are no further details on injuries or conditions.
Police are appealing for any witnesses to attend the Melbourne West Police Station at 313 Spencer Street, Melbourne or contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.
The latest update from Victoria Police:
Police have saturated the CBD area following an incident where a car has collided with a number of pedestrians on Flinders Street.
The incident occurred when the vehicle struck a number of pedestrians in front of Flinders Street Station just after 4.30pm.
The driver of the vehicle and a second man have been arrested and are in police custody.
A number of people were treated at the scene for a range of injuries and have been transported to hospital.
A crime scene has been established and all vehicular and pedestrian traffic are advised to avoid the area.
If members of the public have video footage or images, which may assist police with their investigation, they are encouraged to upload them
A Goodstart Early Learning Centre spokeswoman said all children who were at the Flinders St centre at the time of the incident were evacuated.
“The centre has been evacuated and all children are safe and accounted for,” she said.”Parents are collecting their children now.”
Source : Herald Sun