Car Ploughs into Crowd on Rio de Janeiro's Copacabana Beach

  • Car Ploughs into Crowd on Rio de Janeiro's Copacabana Beach

Car Ploughs into Crowd on Rio de Janeiro's Copacabana Beach

Injured pedestrians lay sprawled out on the sidewalk, recalling recent terrorist attacks by vehicles mowing down pedestrians, but there was no indication that the Copacabana incident was deliberate, Reuters reports.

According to military police, the motorist identified as Antonio de Almeida Anakim, 41, is believed to have had an epileptic fit.

Harrowing pictures have emerged on line of daytrippers injured on the popular tourist hub.

Eight people have been taken to hospital with life threatening injuries. Seven adults and two children were referred to the Miguel Couto Hospital in Gavea.

Witnesses said on the Globo News network that the racing auto shot over a bicycle path and across the sidewalk, hitting people and crashing through tables and chairs, before coming to a stop on the sand of the beach. They are said not to be at risk.

Cops have arrested the driver and he is being questioned at the station.

This video shows the aftermath of the incident filmed from a hotel overlooking the Copacabana Beach.

Authorities have confirmed the driver, Almeida Anakim, 41, had an epileptic seizure and lost control of his auto. The accident happened around 20:45. Authorities reportedly found a box of medication inside the vehicle, indicating that the driver suffered from convulsions.