Car ploughs into pedestrians outside Amsterdam Centraal station, injuring at least five

Police say incident 'not terrorism-related' and they suspect the driver became sick at the wheel

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A car has ploughed into pedestrians outside Amsterdam Centraal train station, police have said.

At least five people were injured in the incident, which happened around 9pm, according to local media reports.

The driver crashed into pedestrians and then into a wall, before being arrested.

There was immediate widespread speculation on social media as to whether the crash was deliberate, but police have said there is no indication the attack was terrorist-related.

A tweet from the Amsterdam Police account said: "Talked to the suspect. Doesn't appear to be intentional, rather getting sick."

Police spokesperson Marjolein Koek later said "there is no indication whatsoever that this is a terrorist attack".

The first images from the Amsterdam incident area showed a major police presence around the railway station with first aid responders treating one person.

A black car was shown to be slightly damaged against a low retaining wall close to the station. 

Two of the wounded were transported to hospital and three people were treated on the spot, according to reports.

The station remained open following the incident, although the entrance near the site of the crash was closed. Tram traffic has now resumed.

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