Students injured as driver 'deliberately' ploughs vehicle into crowd

Students injured as driver 'deliberately' ploughs vehicle into crowd

A French prosecutor said a vehicle that rammed into a group of students in a city in southwest France on Friday was driven by a man known to have "psychiatric" problems.

The 28-year-old driver of the vehicle, known to the police for minor offences, was arrested at the scene, BFM TV reported. At least three people were injured, two of them critically. The man was arrested on the spot.

The driver has a history of mental illness, the interior ministry said in a statement.

The 28-year-old driver of the auto, who was known to police for committing minor offences, has reportedly been detained. Two were taken to a hospital with injuries that were considered serious, but not life-threatening.

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Police say the man is known for previous minor offences, especially drugs-related.

The driver attempted to drive off but was stopped by police and arrested straight away.

Toulouse prosecutor Pierre-Yves Couilleau, said his office had opened an attempted murder investigation "because the driver was planning to mow people down".

"The school management did not explain what was going on".

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