A driver is being sought by Victoria Police after allegedly hitting four pedestrians on A’Beckett Street near Queen Street and Market Street and subsequently fleeing the scene.
In a statement, Victoria Police alleged that the car is stolen:
The driver of the allegedly stolen vehicle abandoned the car and fled on foot and is yet to be located.
The pedestrians are being treated for injuries, the exact degree of their injuries is unclear at this stage.
Police are urging people to avoid the area. The incident is not believed to be terror related. We will have more detail when it comes to hand.
In a statement to The Age, a spokesperson for Ambulance Victoria said that they received two calls: one at 5.17pm regarding a car hitting “a group of people” and one at 5.25 saying that a car had collided with a traffic pole on the intersection of Collins Street and Market Street.
The spokesperson said that man in his 20s-30s was taken to hospital in a stable condition, with another two people who were assessed at the scene also in a stable condition.
— Lana Murphy (@LanaMurphy) June 26, 2018
According to The Australian, an eyewitness reported seeing a car drive through a red light before crashing into a pole, saying that the driver “just didn’t care about the lights or anything.”
In a tweet, Victoria Police urged people to avoid the area:
Police are investigating a collision on A’Beckett Street near Queen Street and Market Street in the CBD. Police are urging people to avoid the area. pic.twitter.com/EokV3pd7ES
— Victoria Police (@VictoriaPolice) June 26, 2018
A caller at the scene told 3AW that police in “three special operations vans” were searching for someone inside the Queen Victoria Market.