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"Multiple casualties" after truck drives down pedestrian street in Sweden

"Multiple casualties" after truck drives down pedestrian street in Sweden

A truck has driven into people on a street in Central Stockholm, according to local reports.

The incident occurred near Queen Street shortly before 3pm, local time.

A vehicle reportedly drove onto the pedestrian street Drottninggatan.

There are reports of casualties on the well-known shopping street, according to Aftonbladet.

Emergency services are attending the scene and people are still running from the area.

"We have received the data and the initial data on injuries", Towe Hägg of Stockholm police told local media. 

A journalist for Aftonbladet said that police in the area drew their guns but it is not yet clear what happened.

A shocked witness told Swedish Television News they saw two people lying on the ground after the truck ploughed through the pedestrian street.

They said: "We walked past and then there are two people on the ground.

"Then the truck continued on Drottninggatan, then we did not see where it went."

Another bystander described the scene as "chaos."

Marie Karlberg SVT Nyheter: "We were in H&M and a truck was driving in the pedestrian zone right into Åhléns.

"It's pure chaos and it burns on Drottninggatan."

Another bystander said police were screaming at people on the street, roaring; "Back, back, this is no joke."

Another eye-witness told Aftonbladet about having to run to safety.

The person, who has been named as Dimitris, said: "I was on the main street when a big truck came out of nowhere.

"I could not see if anyone was driving it but it went out of control.

"I saw at least two people being run over. I ran as fast as I could from there." 

The area has now been cordoned off.

It is unclear if the incident is terror-related.

Denise Calnan and Kathy Armstrong