Car slams into protesters on New York streets

NEW YORK (AP) — Several people were injured when a car drove into a street protest in midtown Manhattan on Friday, the New York City Police Department stated.

The protest march was passing through the intersection of 39th Street and Third Avenue at around 4pm when the car went through, said Tom Ella, who was there documenting the demonstration.

“It just starts high-speed, just plowing through people,” he said.

The New York Fire Department said six people were taken by ambulance to local hospitals. Police and fire officials said the injuries didn’t appear to be life-threatening.

Police said the driver, a woman, was stopped near the area. She was taken into custody and was being questioned. It was unclear if she would face charges.

In a video from Ella showing the car’s movements, a small group of protesters could be seen gathered around the car on 39th Street as it slowly approached the intersection with Third Avenue, with one person seemingly leaning over the front of the vehicle.

The car suddenly accelerated, knocking aside both the people who were blocking it and people who were in the intersection.

“Suddenly you hear the engine roar, you see them accelerate,” Ella said. “Just watching them actually hit people, it’s traumatising and horrifying.”

Six injured protesters were taken to local hospitals. PHOTO : AP