Car slams into pedestrians in Shanghai, 18 hurt

Police officers stand in front of a Starbucks in Shanghai after a van caught fire and ploughed into pedestrians on the crowded pavement outside. (AFP)

A car drove onto a crowded pavement and ploughed into pedestrians in a busy area of central Shanghai on Friday, injuring at least 18 people including three seriously, city authorities said.

A brief official announcement said the incident occurred around 9.00 am (0100 GMT), when crowds of people would have been on their way to work. It said the cause of the accident was under investigation.
 

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