Berlin: truck crashes into Christmas market
Several people killed after vehicle runs into market, with local media unsure whether it was accident or attack.
At least nine people have been killed and as many as 50 injured after a truck ploughed into a Christmas market in Berlin, according to local media reports.
They suggested the vehicle ran into the market outside the landmark Kaiser Wilhelm memorial church on Monday evening. The reports cited police at the scene who said initial indications pointed to a terror attack.
Police said the lorry came from the direction of Budapester Strasse, over the pavement, coming to a halt by a Christmas tree in front of the Gedächtnis Kirche, or Memorial Church. Known locally as the jagged tooth, the church was bombed in World War II, and left more or less in its ruined state as a memorial to the victims war. It’s one of the most popular tourist sites in Berlin, and very close to the popular Berlin Zoo.
Police have cleared the area and volunteers have set up an information point for relatives looking for news of missing loved ones. The Christmas market has been cleared and a police spokesman said there are concerns the crash may have caused a gas leak.
A photograph posted by the Morgenpost showed damaged tables and stalls, while footage posted online by the same outlet showed a truck on the scene and police officers investigating. The Berliner Zeitung said police also believed there to be multiple injuries.
Both newspapers reported it was not immediately clear whether the incident was an accident or some kind of an attack on the market. Breitscheidplatz, where the market was set up, is one of Berlin’s busiest shopping areas.
One witness, Emma Rushton, said the lorry ploughed through the market, adding that people had been crushed.