Barcelona is reeling from a reportedly attack on Aug. 17, as a van crashed into a group of people in a popular tourist spot. Numerous outlets are confirming one person is dead, with 100 injured, and there are now reports saying that at least 14 could be dead after the attack.
Spanish police and emergency services are responding to an August 17 incident in Las Ramblas in Barcelona. Barcelona police confirmed that a van “mounted a pavement” and struck many people in the popular tourist destination in a “massive crash,” according to The Independent. HollywoodLife.com will update the post with more information as it becomes available.As of know, we know via CNN , AP, and Reuters reporting that at least one person is confirmed dead, 14 reportedly dead, and 100 are injured, with 15 being in serious condition. The Catalan police are reportedly treating the incident as a terror attack at this time.
La Vandguardia, a Spanish newspaper, reported that the van toured around the central promenade before crashing into a kiosk at the crossroads with Career Bonsucess. Witnesses say the white van was driven by a male, and police have urged people to avoid the area for their own safety. “Crashing noise,” one witness told the Daily Express. “I saw a woman next to me screaming for her kid. Police were very quickly there, officers with guns. It was chaos, you couldn’t tell what was happening. 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.” Click here to watch GRAPHIC VIDEO of the crash (warning: It is indeed GRAPHIC.)
The driver of the van reportedly left the vehicle after the crash, per Reuters, fleeing the scene on foot. Police have reportedly cordoned off the area, as they look for the person who was behind the wheel. Information is still very limited, and authorities continue to piece together what exactly happened. Update: Driss Oukabir was arrested as a suspect in this attack. A second suspect was also taken into custody.
BREAKING: Police in Spain confirm fatalities after van slams into pedestrians in Barcelona's historic district.
— The Associated Press (@AP) August 17, 2017
En contacto con todas las administraciones. Prioridad: atender heridos en Las Ramblas y facilitar la labor de las Fuerzas de Seguridad. MR
— Mariano Rajoy Brey (@marianorajoy) August 17, 2017
RT BuzzFeedNews: A van drove into a crowd in Barcelona and several people are injured (📹: jordipc) … pic.twitter.com/HWEQCXD8W9
— Snapsty (@SNAPSTY) August 17, 2017
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“There was a loud noise and everybody ran for cover, Marc Esparcia, a 20-year-old student who lives in Barcelona, told the BBC. “There were a lot people, lots of families [at the site]. This is one of the most visited sites in Barcelona. I think several people were hit. It was horrible, there was panic. Terrible.” How horrifying. Here’s hoping that everyone comes out okay in this scary incident.
Our thoughts are with those injured in this crash. HollywoodLifers, we will continue to update this post with new details.