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1 killed, at least 20 injured when car plows into Times Square crowd

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(MEREDITH/AP) -- One person has been killed and multiple others injured when a car speeding the wrong way up a Times Square street at lunchtime Thursday plowed into a crowd of pedestrians. A law enforcement official told the Associated Press that police do not suspect a link to terrorism. About 20 people were injured in the accident. 

The driver of the vehicle, a 26-year-old man from the Bronx, has been taken into custody by police and is being tested for alcohol. The suspect has a history of DWI arrests, according to the official.  Emergency vehicles are on the scene and several witnesses have posted to social media about the incident. 

The maroon-colored Honda sedan came to rest with two of its wheels in the air, leaning on a lamppost and steel barriers intended to block vehicles from getting onto the sidewalk. Video posted online showed steam or smoke pouring from the car for a few moments after it stopped moving

The crash happened at midday on a hot, clear day that brought large crowds of people into the streets to enjoy the good weather.

The sidewalks in many parts of Times Square and surrounding blocks are lined with metal posts designed to prevent cars from getting onto the sidewalks and other public areas.

That network of barricades, though, is far from a complete defense. There are many areas where vehicles could be driven onto packed sidewalks or public plazas.

Times Square also has a heavy police presence at all hours of the day and night.

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