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Marseille Car Crash At Bus Stops Leaves At Least One Person Dead

A man has been arrested.

21/08/2017 10:42 BST | Updated 21/08/2017 14:09 BST

At least one person has died after a car crashed into two different bus stops in different parts of the French port city.

The 35-year-old driver of the vehicle has been arrested and the public has been advised to avoid the Old Port area.

The incident is not currently being treated as terrorism.

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French police secure the area in the French port city of Marseille.
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One person was killed and another injured after a car crashed into two bus shelters in Marseille.

A source close to the investigation told Reuters that the suspect was known to police for minor crimes and had psychological issues. 

France’s counter-terrorism prosecutor said it had not taken up the case at this stage.

“The arrest was made in a surprisingly calm fashion, no gunshots were exchanged,” David Reverdy, of the Alliance police union in Marseille, told BFM TV.

The driver of the vehicle first hit a bus shelter at about 8.15am local time in the 13th district in the northern part of the city.

An hour later the vehicle was driven into a bus shelter several kilometers to the south.

“The distance travelled by the driver suggests a certain determination,” Reverdy said.

“But we can ask ourselves: why these places? If one wanted to cause carnage, other places in Marseille, at another time of day, would have been more logical,” he said.

France has been under a state of emergency since the November 2015 terror attacks in Paris, which killed 130 people.

The incident comes as Spanish police hunt for the 22-year-old driver who plowed a van into a crowd in Barcelona on Thursday.