In a serious traffic accident in Berlin near Breitscheidplatz, the police see no signs of an attack. “Based on the status of the investigation so far, we have no evidence of political or religious motivation,” said a police spokesman. The 24-year-old driver lost control of the car when turning left due to excessive speed, the spokesman said. The man was in police custody.
A terrain limousine drove into a group of people shortly after seven in the morning at Hardenbergplatz in Berlin-Charlottenburg. A fire department spokesman said seven people were injured, three of them seriously.
An injured person was trapped under the vehicle and, like the other injured, was hospitalized after the rescue. About a dozen eyewitnesses are looked after by emergency ministers. 60 firefighters and two rescue helicopters are deployed.
According to the fire brigade, the accident occurred around 7.20 a.m. at the intersection Hardenbergstrasse / corner of Joachimsthaler Strasse. The area at the Zoologischer Garten station is also heavily visited in the morning. Breitscheidplatz is not far from the scene of the accident: on December 19, 2016, Islamist Anis Amri steered a tractor-trailer into a Christmas market and killed eleven visitors. The offender had previously shot the truck driver.