'Chaos everywhere': witnesses tell of horror on Flinders Street

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Within hours, one of Melbourne’s busiest spots was deserted after a driver injured 14 in what is believed to be ‘a deliberate act’

The intersection outside of Melbourne’s Flinders Street train station is frequently chaotic with commuters, traffic and tourists but, at about 4.45pm on Thursday afternoon, it erupted into “mayhem” as a car ran into pedestrians and injured 14 people in what police believe was “a deliberate act”.

Just a couple of hours later the station and the streets in front of it were deserted, cordoned off by police who ordered businesses in the area to close and people to clear out as they conducted their investigation. By Thursday night, police said they did not know what the motivation was for the act that left a preschool-aged child with critical head injuries.

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