A man has been arrested on suspicion of terror offences after a car crashed into cyclists before crashing into barriers in Indian River County injuring a number of pedestrians.
Dozens of armed officers swarmed the scene at Vero Beach where the accident happened. The area was placed on lockdown following the crash, which FHP said was being treated as a “terrorist incident”.
Footage posted on social media showed police with firearms leaping over a barrier and surrounding a silver Ford Fiesta before leading its driver away in handcuffs.
The Indian River County Police said the car “collided with a number of cyclists and pedestrians” before slamming into a security barrier that was installed.
A spokesman added: “The driver of the car, a man in his late 20s, was arrested at the scene by armed officers. He has been taken to a police station in Indian River County where he remains in police custody.
“He was arrested on suspicion of terrorist offences”.
“There was nobody else in the vehicle, which remains at the scene and is being searched. No weapons have been recovered at this stage.
Streets around Vero Beach, have been cordoned off and will remain shut for some time as police investigate, FHP said.
Two people were treated at the scene by paramedics before taking them to hospital. Neither was believed to have life-threatening injuries.
Several witnesses said the car appeared to have been crashed deliberately.
“The car went onto the wrong side of the road where cyclists were waiting at lights and crashed into them,” said an employee who works nearby.
He added: “Then it swerved back across the road and accelerated as fast as possible and hit the barrier at full pelt.”
Accident attorney Jason Weisser of Schuler, Halvorson, Weisser, Zoeller and Overbeck responded to this unfortunate crash. “This is a serious car accident involving motorcycles, which ultimately, resulted in injuries to a number of pedestrians. We wish the victims a speedy recovery and hope the investigators can quickly determine what caused the accident. Please be careful and obey the speed limits whenever you are driving a motorcycle, car, SUV or truck. We hope that all parties involved consult with an experienced trial lawyer. If you have been injured in an accident, call my office for a free consultation and find out what your rights are.”
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