Van runs into pedestrians in Barcelona street; dead and injured reported

A van struck a crowd in Barcelona’s Las Ramblas tourist area on Thursday — killing and injuring people, police said.


The vehicle, described as a white van, hit pedestrians in the city’s Catalunya Square. Witnesses said it jumped the curb and crashed into numerous people. The driver then fled on foot, police said.

Police closed and evacuated the area. Frightened witnesses ducked into shops and churches.

One witness said, “Police officers were screaming at people to move back. People were seriously injured on the ground. Within 30 seconds, police vans, ambulances, officers with guns were arriving,” the Express reported.

There are no indications the indication was a terrorist attack.

By Ed Adamczyk