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Times Square shut down after a fatal car accident

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Clayton Guse

Times Square was closed off by police officers and fire department officials on Thursday after a car collided with pedestrians on the sidewalk along Broadway.

Mayor de Blasio's office reported that 23 people were injured in the incident, including one person who was killed. 

The car, a red Honda Accord, came to a stop when it collided with a curb and pedestrian barrier at the corner of 45th Street and Broadway, and proceeded to light on fire. The flames were quickly contained by FDNY officials, and the area has been closed off as authorities conduct an investigation.

CBS reported that the NYPD said the crash was not related to terrorism and was likely related to a DWI offense.

The driver is in police custody, and the New York Times reported that a law enforcement official said he appeared to be either drunk or on drugs, and has a history of DWI arrests.

Photograph: Clayton Guse

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