A DRIVER deliberately ploughed into crowds in Melbourne city centre today injuring 14 people as it careered through a busy pedestrian crossing.
Two men have been arrested, including the driver of the vehicle, after cops swooped on the scene of the attack where scores of victims - including a toddler with a head injury - lay unconscious and injured.
A police spokesperson this morning said: “At this stage, we believe it was a deliberate act. The motivations are unknown. It’s still early days in the investigation.”
Police also confirmed 14 people had been treated and taken to hospital, with several in a serious condition.
Footage taken by a witness shows a man in a white shirt and blue jeans being dragged from the passenger side of the vehicle.
Another picture shows a bearded man in a red-and-black chequered shirt sitting on the ground with his arms cuffed behind his back.
Amid the panic, reports also emerged of a possible gas bottle explosion at a shopping centre in nearby Frankston.
Shoppers were evacuated from the mall though cops have said the incident is not linked and fire services are dealing with it.
Another eye-witness described people seeing the car hurtling towards the crowd. According to the AAP, a witness said the Suzuki was travelling at around 60mph.
“The intersection was full of pedestrians and he just ploughed through,” the witness named Jim said. “The only thing that slowed him down was him hitting pedestrians”.
“There was no braking, there was no slowing down. Whether it was targeted or whether he had a heart attack, or was drunk, I don’t know.”
Pictures of the two perpetrators: