Car enters the Manhattan protest, injuring several; driver stopped – world news

A car crashed into a crowd of about 50 people in a protest that spread to the streets of Manhattan on Friday afternoon, injuring several people, according to New York City police and media reports. local.

The woman behind the wheel of the BMW sedan was detained for questioning by police, the New York City Police Department said. The incident occurred shortly after 4 p.m. at the corner of 39th Street and Third Avenue in the Murray Hill neighborhood adjacent to Midtown Manhattan, police said.

None of the injuries appeared to be life-threatening and the motorist involved remained at the scene, police said. Some other official details were available immediately.

Local media reports said six people were run over by the car, but it was unclear how many people were taken to hospitals.

Some social media accounts described a chaotic scene around a stopped car surrounded by protesters, before the vehicle lunged into the crowd, causing some people and bicycles to fall. Reuters could not immediately confirm those reports.

Police and several local media outlets said the protest was sponsored by the racial justice group Black Lives Matter.

A Reuters photographer at the scene and at least one media outlet said the rally was held in solidarity with nine undocumented immigrants who went on hunger strike in a New Jersey jail, under the custody of the Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency. United States Customs Control.