At least five people were killed and 13 others injured when a car sped through pedestrians at an intersection in central Guangzhou in southern China on Wednesday evening, state media said.
Videos circulating on social media and geotagged by CNN appeared to show the vehicle, a black SUV, plowing through pedestrians in two separate crosswalks at the four-way intersection in a busy and upscale shopping district in the city of 19 million.
Another video, circulating online and cited by state media, appears to show the driver throwing handfuls of cash out of his vehicle after pulling over to the side of the road.
Local authorities said police had “controlled” the driver, a 22-year-old man from Guangdong province, and further investigations were underway.
The incident occurred during rush hour at 5:25 p.m., when many scooters, cars and pedestrians could be seen on the road.
Police and medical personnel were dispatched immediately, according to local authorities, who also confirmed the number of victims.
An eyewitness quoted in a report by China’s state-run news service said the vehicle plowed through the pedestrians at the intersection without stopping afterwards.
Although the incident was reported by China’s official media, it was not among the trending topics on the country’s heavily controlled social media platform, Weibo, on Thursday morning.