According to CBS News a white van has jumped the sidewalk in the Barcelona’s historic Las Ramblas district mowing down pedestrians. The driver of the vehicle has since fled on foot. The deadly crash occurred at around 5pm local time, injuring several people, and killing as many as 13 people; the total number of people dead has not yet been confirmed by police. The incident is being treated as a terrorist attack as of now.
An active man hunt is still underway, two hours after the incident occurred to capture the driver of the vehicle. Two armed men reportedly entered a restaurant following the crash. Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy said via Twitter that he is in contact with authorities and the priority is to attend to the injured.
The vehicle has been located by Spanish authorities in a nearby town to Barcelona.
Las Ramblas is a highly tourist concentrated area, right in the heart of the city. U.S. officials have been contacted and informed of the situation.
The attack holds similar patterns to the U.K and Paris attacks, and most recently the incident in Charlottesville, where vehicles were used as weapons.
UPDATE: One man has been arrested in connection to the attack. 28 year old Driss Oukabir has been taken into custody for having connections to the incident. Oukabir is said to have rented the van that was used in the attack.
Spanish officials have now said, 13 people are dead, with as many as 80 other in hospitals with injuries.