Bourke Street incident: One dead as car smashes through tram stop before ploughing into pedestrians in Melbourne | The Sun

ONE person is dead and five are injured after a car crashed into a tram stop.

Three people were hit before the car crashed into others on the corner of Bourke and Russell Streets in Melbourne on Friday night.

The crash involved a white Ford and white Kia, according to reports, and a driver was arrested at the scene.

Police have assured there is no "ongoing threat to the community".

Pedestrians rushed to the aid of those injured in the wreck, including some who were left laying on the tram tracks.

One vehicle with extensive damage came to a stop in front of a McDonald's restaurant, reports.

X/Twitter user @jeanpaulrosette wrote: "Just witnessed a major high speed car crash running over one person on bourke st.

"Be careful out there Melbourne."

He said he noticed the driver was "without shoes".

Another witness said he was "praying for the chap who lost his life".

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Witness Fay Yang told the Herald Sun she saw a car hit three people across the road from where she was standing.

She said: “It all happened very quickly and we heard the fast engine noise."

Another witness posted a series of images of the carnage to social media with the caption: "This is damn scary! It was a 'BOOM' then this happened in the very centre of Melbourne CBD!"

“The incident at Bourke and Russell St happened around 6.20pm. My wife called 000 straight away, but the operator said they have received multiple calls already.”

Victoria Police said in a statement: "It’s understood a vehicle has struck several pedestrians before colliding with two vehicles near Russell and Bourke Street about 6pm. The driver of the vehicle was arrested at the scene and is in custody.

“There is no ongoing threat to the community, and we will provide more information when available. Police have closed Bourke Street from Swanston Street through to Exhibition Street.”

An ambulance spokeswoman confirmed five people were assessed with one taken to Royal Melbourne Hospital in a serious condition.

Two people were taken to Alfred Hospital in a stable condition and a fourth was taken to St Vincent's.

Trams along Bourke St were suspended while others along Swanston St were diverted between Dorcas and Franklin Streets.

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