Van hits crowds on Ramblas tourist area!
Two armed men have taken hostages in a Turkish restaurant in the capital of Catalonia after a crash, according to local media.
According to La Vanguardia newspaper, the van ploughed into ‘dozens’ of people in the busy area of Las Ramblas.
The van driver has now escaped on foot, El Pais reported.
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A van has been involved in a “massive crash” in the city centre of Barcelona, with “several” injured.
Police said a white van mounted the pavement and struck several people.
Pictures from the scene show emergency services and civilians attending to at least two people on the ground.
The Ministry of the Interior said on Twitter: “There has just been a massive trampling on the Ramblas in Barcelona by a person with a van. There are injured.”
Emergency services in Catalonia say they have asked the Metro and train services in the area to close.
The National Police have told people to avoid Plaza Catalunya area after the smash in Las Ramblas.
Van ploughs into crowds in Ramblas tourist area in Barcelona, several injured, Spanish police say.
One witness said: “Crashing noise. I saw a woman next to me screaming for her kid. Police were very quickly there, officers with guns. Chaos, you couldn’t tell what was happening.
“Police officers were screaming at people to move back. People were seriously injured on the ground. Within 30 seconds police vans, ambulances, officers with guns were arriving.”
Marc Esparcia, a 20-year-old student who lives in Barcelona, told the BBC: “There was a loud noise and everybody ran for cover. There were a lot people, lots of families [at the site], this is one of the most visited sites in Barcelona.
“I think several people were hit. It was horrible, there was panic. Terrible.”