A truck crashed into a Berlin Christmas market on Monday night, injuring multiple people and likely killing more. Many people are wondering whether it’s an attack or just an accident, but the answers aren’t 100% clear right now. German police are now suggesting that it looks like a terrorist attack.
From what we’ve read, witnesses say the truck jumped the curb of the sidewalk near the Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church, where the Christmas Village was set up. The Village itself is actually located in Breitscheidplatz, the largest city center in Berlin, making it the largest Christmas village in the city.
Update–3:49 P.M.: Ariel Żurawski, the owner of the company that owns the truck, just made a public statement alleging that he believes that the truck was hijacked. “According to me, they did something to the driver, hijacked the truck and they did what they did. This wasn’t my driver. I vouch for him, he was my cousin.”
Unfortunately, this would match the story that police are now making public: that there was a man found dead inside the truck.
Update–3:34 P.M.: Police say that two men were inside the truck and that both men fled. One has been arrested.
Update–3:38 P.M.: The tweet below reads “A suspect has been arrested & a passenger is dead.” It’s unclear if the passenger is a suspect or otherwise.
The media reports that the truck has a Polish license plate. Reuters now reports that at least nine people have died and that 50 have been injured.
The story is still developing, but we’re adding updates as frequently as possible. Check the link below for more details.
Christmas Market Truck Crash Video
A few videos of the aftermath have been released.
Christmas Market Truck Crash Photos