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Las Vegas car plow kills one and leaves a dozen others injured

Las Vegas car plow kills one and leaves a dozen others injured


What happens in Vegas ….

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I saw victims flying through the air.

One person was killed and a dozen others injured, when a 24 year old woman intentionally swerved her car onto a busy sidewalk two or three times and mowed down people outside a casino in Las Vegas.

The tragedy unfolded on the Las Vegas Boulevard, steps away from the Planet Hollywood where the Miss Universe Beauty Pageant was being held.

Police say they believe the crash was intentional but terrorism has been ruled out.

Videos from bystanders and businesses shows the car rolling onto the sidewalk at least twice, smashing into panicked pedestrians. Some fought back, jumping on the car and pounding on it in an effort to make her stop.

The car appeared to be travelling between 30-40mph (48kph-64kph) as it hit pedestrians, according to one witness.

The 24 year old had a 3 year old with her in the car when the incident occurred. Police cordoned off the site of the crash and closed down the streets around it to allow for investigations.

The person killed was an adult but witnesses say those hit by the car also include children.

Seven people were in a critical condition, according to officials.

The woman has been taken into custody and is expected to be charged with murder and other charges related to the incident.