Woman Dead After Car Crashes into Marseille Bus Station

Taken in: The man was then arrested in the Old Port, as the area was shut off to traffic, and people told to stay away from the area
  • Woman, aged 42, killed and one person injured in Marseille incident
  • Driver crashed car into bus stop at two separate locations in Marseille 
  • The suspect was arrested in the city's Old Port after the two crashes 

A 42-year-old woman has died and another person is injured after an man drove a stolen car into two bus stops during morning rush hour in Marseille, southern France.

The 35-year-old suspect had reportedly stolen a dark Renault Espace before ramming into a packed bus shelter in the Croix-Rouge area of Marseille just after 8am.

The driver then sped off, as ambulances were called to deal with people who had been injured in the attack.

Fear: A white sheet is erected as a body of a victim is evacuated to a waiting ambulance while French forensic police officer search the site where a man crashed into a bus stop 

Fear: A white sheet is erected as a body of a victim is evacuated to a waiting ambulance while French forensic police officer search the site where a man crashed into a bus stop 

Casualties:  French forensic police attend one of the bus stops hit by a man in a dark vehicle during Monday morning rush hour

Casualties:  French forensic police attend one of the bus stops hit by a man in a dark vehicle during Monday morning rush hour

An hour later, at 9am, the same dark vehicle was seen driving into a stop in an area of the city known as Valentine. It was there that a pedestrian waiting for a bus was killed.

The man was then arrested in the Old Port, as the area was shut off to traffic, and people told to stay away.

Marseille police did not say whether the incident was being treated as a terror attack or an accident.

It follows a string of Islamic State-linked terrorist attacks across France, and other parts of Europe including Britain and Spain, involving vehicles being driven into crowds at speed.   

Taken in: The man was then arrested in the Old Port, as the area was shut off to traffic, and people told to stay away from the area

Taken in: The man was then arrested in the Old Port, as the area was shut off to traffic, and people told to stay away from the area

French police conduct their investigation in the French port city of Marseille after one person was killed and another injured after a vehicle crashed into two bus shelters

French police conduct their investigation in the French port city of Marseille after one person was killed and another injured after a vehicle crashed into two bus shelters

Stopping traffic: Police can be seen  cordoning off the Old Port, in this image posted on social media

Stopping traffic: Police can be seen  cordoning off the Old Port, in this image posted on social media

It follows last week’s terrorist slaughter in Barcelona, 300 miles along the Mediterranean coast, when 14 people were killed in a van attack, and scores of others injured.

France remains under a State of Emergency following a long string of terrorist atrocities, including an attempt to kill a soldier at the Eiffel Tower earlier this month.

The 19-year-old psychiatric patient is in custody after he brandished a knife and pledged allegiance to Isis.

In April, 39-year-old police officers Xavier Jugele was shot dead while on duty on the Champs Elysee just days before the French presidential election.

Isis claimed the killing by Karim Cheurfi, also 39, who was shot dead by police in a gun battle. Two other officers were injured in the attack.

The victim has since been identified as a woman in her 40s from Marseille

The victim has since been identified as a woman in her 40s from Marseille

In June an Algerian student shouted 'This is for Syria' as he tried to attack a policeman with a hammer outside Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris. He was shot and ended up in custody in hospital.

And in March a convicted criminal with links to radical Islam shouted 'I am here to die for Allah, there will be deaths' seconds before he was shot dead during an attack at Paris Orly airport.

Ziyed Ben Belgacem, a 39-year-old career criminal, was killed after wrestling a soldier's gun from her and fleeing into a McDonald's restaurant.

It followed the shooting in February of a man outside the Louvre museum in the heart of Paris after he attempted to storm the historic art gallery.

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