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Baby killed as car hits crowd at Copacabana beach

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By Euronews
Baby killed as car hits crowd at Copacabana beach

A baby has been killed and at least 15 people injured after a speeding car ploughed into a packed pedestrian area of Rio's famous Copacabana beach in Brazil.

As victims lay sprawled on the pavement after Thursday's crash, thoughts turned to terror attacks involving out-of-control vehicles around the world.

But reports say the driver told police he had had an epileptic fit, and medicine for epilepsy was found in the car.

REUTERS/Lucas Landau

Witnesses described how the black car shot over a bicycle path and across the pavement, hitting people and crashing through tables and chairs, before coming to a halt on the sand.

The pedestrian area of Copacabana beach is a favourite summer evening walk for Rio residents and tourists who have begun to arrive in Rio ahead of Carnival celebrations next month.

with Reuters