Berlin: Car crashes into crowd – what we know
On Wednesday, a car crashed into a crowd in Tauntzene in Berlin. What we know so far – and what remains unknown.
On Wednesday, a car crashed into a crowd in Berlin’s Kurfürstendamm at the crossing into Tauntzene. There is at least one dead and many wounded. What is known so far and what is not known.
On Wednesday, June 8, 2022, at about 10:30 a.m., a car crashed into a crowd of people in Kurfürstendamm at the corner of Rankestraße in the immediate vicinity of Breitscheidplatz. A block away, on the corner of Marburger Strasse, the motorist crashed his silver Renault Clio into the window of a Douglas store. No one was hurt in the store.
Near Breitscheidplatz: the car crashes into the crowd – here’s the full report
Are there sacrifices?
At least one person was killed in the accident, and the body was dumped on the road at the intersection. According to a spokesman for the Berlin Fire Brigade, five people were injured, three of whom were seriously injured and one killed. The number of people with minor injuries was not specified. The driver of the car involved in the accident was also slightly injured. “He also needs our help,” the spokesman said.
The number of wounded fluctuated, and the police spoke of twelve people affected, the first information from the fire brigade was initially affected, then the spokesman corrected the information to eight. The fire brigade set up a so-called sickness area in Rankstraße to care for the wounded.
Was the driver arrested?
Yes, the police managed to arrest the man, claiming that he had previously been detained by passersby. The police took the man to a detention center for questioning. According to unconfirmed information, the owner of the car is said to be a German citizen.
Car crash in a crowd: How did the accident happen?
It appears that the driver left the road to the right at the intersection with Rankestrasse and crashed into pedestrians. He then drove another truck before driving to the store on the corner of Marburger Strasse. Eyewitness Frank W. was sitting by the fountain at Breitscheitplatz when he heard muffled thuds and loud screams. “I saw a person and a substance flying through the air.” Then the driver tried to control the car and go faster. Another eyewitness, whose car collided with the accident car, said that the man was driving at a speed of 150 kilometers per hour. But so far, there has been no independent confirmation of this.
Is it an accident or an attack?
The background to the accident is not entirely clear yet. It is conceivable that the man lost control of the car, for example because he was speeding too much. The police have not yet ruled out a premeditated act, nor the possibility of a medical emergency.
How are investigations conducted?
The police are questioning the driver of the car about the background of the crime. It also asks witnesses to upload evidence and media files to the tip portal – not on social media.