Pedestrians hit by SUV in Melbourne CBD

Nineteen people have been injured, several of them critically, after pedestrians were mowed down by a car in peak hour in Melbourne’s CBD in what police say was a “deliberate act”.

A white Suzuki SUV showed no sign of slowing as it hit people at the busy intersection of Flinders and Elizabeth streets about 4.40pm, including some waiting at a tram stop.

The 32-year-old driver was arrested by an off-duty police officer shortly after the car crashed into a metal bollard on Flinders Street.

Police said he is an Australian citizen of Afghan descent.

Witness Chris Gath said he saw 60 to 100 people crossing the intersection when a car travelling at up to 70km/h headed for the crowd.

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