Ashes 2017: England players safe after Melbourne car attack

first_imgThe England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) released a statement confirming that all its players are safe and accounted for after a car mowed down pedestrians on Flinders Street in Melbourne on Thursday.Australia and England are in Melbourne gearing up for the fourth Test of the Ashes series which will start on Boxing Day at the Melbourne Cricket Ground.”Following the Flinders Street incident in Melbourne, all players and management have been accounted for and are safe.” the ECB statement read.Cricket Australia (CA) have not released a statement but all its players are understood to be safe.England lost the Ashes urn to Australia on Monday as the hosts decimated the Three Lions by an innings and 41 runs at the WACA in Perth to take an unbeatable 3-0 series lead. Australia won the first Test at Brisbane by 10 wickets and the second at Adelaide by 120 runs.Victoria state police said the driver of the SUV and a second man were in custody after the incident, which occurred on Flinders Street in the city’s central business district just after 4:45 p.m. when the area was busy with Christmas shoppers. 14 people were injured in the incident.Commander Russell Barrett told media that while the motive of the incident was not immediately clear, “at this stage we believe it was a deliberate act.”Asked if police had ruled out terrorism as motivation, Barrett said only: “At this stage it’s early days in the investigation and the motivation is unknown.”Barrett confirmed 14 people had been injured in the attack. Several were taken to hospitals, and two were in critical condition, including a pre-school aged boy with head injuries. Earlier media reports said up to 19 people had been injured.advertisementWitnesses described horrific scenes from the incident, which started when the SUV ran a red light outside the city’s iconic Flinders Street train station and sped up to hit pedestrians crossing the road, striking more than a dozen people before crashing into a traffic barrier near a cable car stop.”I was crossing Flinders Street on the way to the train station. I heard an engine rev behind me and heard a thump,” one man identified only as David said on ABC TV. He said he turned around saw “people literally getting thrown into the air as it hit them.”Witnesses said when the car crashed it was rushed by bystanders who started pulling the two men out before police arrived a few minutes later.last_img

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