Car plows into crowd along Brazil’s Copacabana beach, killing baby

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A car plowed into a crowd on Rio de Janeiro’s tourist-packed Copacabana seaside promenade on Thursday, killing a baby and injuring more than a dozen people, authorities said, with the driver telling investigators he suffered a seizure.

The black car, its windshield shattered and the front caved in, came to rest on the beach where some of the injured were frantically being treated.

The Rio de Janeiro health secretariat told AFP that a nine-month-old baby girl was killed and 17 people injured in the crash.

The driver “lost control of his vehicle, which went up on the sidewalk of the promenade” and was taken for questioning, police said.

“The driver explained at the police station that he had an epileptic seizure, and anti-epileptic drugs were found in his vehicle,” a military police colonel told AFP.

The early-evening incident happened while many people including tourists were enjoying the long promenade during the summer holidays. (AFP)

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<p>Firefighters carry a woman on a stretcher after a car drove into the crowded seaside boardwalk along Copacabana beach in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Thursday, Jan. 18, 2018. (Photo: Silvia Izquierdo/AP) </p>
Car plows into crowd along Brazil’s Copacabana Beach, killing baby

Firefighters carry a woman on a stretcher after a car drove into the crowded seaside boardwalk along Copacabana beach in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Thursday, Jan. 18, 2018. (Photo: Silvia Izquierdo/AP)

<p>A vehicle that ran over some people at Copacabana beach is seen in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Jan. 18, 2018. (Photo: Sebastian Rocandio/Reuters) </p>
Car plows into crowd along Brazil’s Copacabana beach, killing baby

A vehicle that ran over some people at Copacabana beach is seen in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Jan. 18, 2018. (Photo: Sebastian Rocandio/Reuters)

<p>Paramedics help the injured after a vehicle ran over some people at Copacabana beach in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Jan. 18, 2018. (Photo: Sebastian Rocandio/Reuters) </p>
Car plows into crowd along Brazil’s Copacabana beach, killing baby

Paramedics help the injured after a vehicle ran over some people at Copacabana beach in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Jan. 18, 2018. (Photo: Sebastian Rocandio/Reuters)

<p>Firefighters give the first aid to people that were hurt after a car drove into the crowded seaside boardwalk along Copacabana beach in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Thursday, Jan. 18, 2018. (Photo: Silvia Izquierdo/AP) </p>
Car plows into crowd along Brazil’s Copacabana beach, killing baby

Firefighters give the first aid to people that were hurt after a car drove into the crowded seaside boardwalk along Copacabana beach in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Thursday, Jan. 18, 2018. (Photo: Silvia Izquierdo/AP)

<p>A man holds a baby next to an injured man after a car drove into the crowded seaside boardwalk along Copacabana beach in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Thursday, Jan. 18, 2018. (Photo: Silvia Izquierdo/AP) </p>
Car plows into crowd along Brazil’s Copacabana beach, killing baby

A man holds a baby next to an injured man after a car drove into the crowded seaside boardwalk along Copacabana beach in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Thursday, Jan. 18, 2018. (Photo: Silvia Izquierdo/AP)

<p>People watch a car that has driven into the crowded seaside boardwalk along Copacabana beach in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Thursday, Jan. 18, 2018. (Photo: Silvia Izquierdo/AP) </p>
Car plows into crowd along Brazil’s Copacabana beach, killing baby

People watch a car that has driven into the crowded seaside boardwalk along Copacabana beach in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Thursday, Jan. 18, 2018. (Photo: Silvia Izquierdo/AP)

<p>A woman lies on a stretcher waiting for an ambulance after a car drove into the crowded seaside boardwalk along Copacabana beach in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Thursday, Jan. 18, 2018. (Photo: Silvia Izquierdo/AP) </p>
Car plows into crowd along Brazil’s Copacabana beach, killing baby

A woman lies on a stretcher waiting for an ambulance after a car drove into the crowded seaside boardwalk along Copacabana beach in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Thursday, Jan. 18, 2018. (Photo: Silvia Izquierdo/AP)

<p>The scene of a car crash pictured at Copacabana beach in Rio de Janeiro on Jan. 18, 2018. (Photo: Carl de Souza/AFP/Getty Images) </p>
Car plows into crowd along Brazil’s Copacabana beach, killing baby

The scene of a car crash pictured at Copacabana beach in Rio de Janeiro on Jan. 18, 2018. (Photo: Carl de Souza/AFP/Getty Images)

<p>An injured man is assisted at Copacabana beach in Rio de Janeiro on January 18, 2018.<br> Jan. 18, 2018. (Photo: Carl de Souza/AFP/Getty Images) </p>
Car plows into crowd along Brazil’s Copacabana beach, killing baby

An injured man is assisted at Copacabana beach in Rio de Janeiro on January 18, 2018.
Jan. 18, 2018. (Photo: Carl de Souza/AFP/Getty Images)

<p>An injured man is taken away by stretcher at Copacabana beach in Rio de Janeiro on January 18, 2018. (Photo: Carl de Souza/AFP/Getty Images) </p>
Car plows into crowd along Brazil’s Copacabana beach, killing baby

An injured man is taken away by stretcher at Copacabana beach in Rio de Janeiro on January 18, 2018. (Photo: Carl de Souza/AFP/Getty Images)

<p>People watch the site of the accident where a car that has driven into the crowded seaside boardwalk along Copacabana beach in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Thursday, Jan. 18, 2018. (Photo: Silvia Izquierdo/AP) </p>
Car plows into crowd along Brazil’s Copacabana beach, killing baby

People watch the site of the accident where a car that has driven into the crowded seaside boardwalk along Copacabana beach in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Thursday, Jan. 18, 2018. (Photo: Silvia Izquierdo/AP)

<p>Firefighter gives the first aid to a man that was hurt after a car drove into the crowded seaside boardwalk along Copacabana beach in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Thursday, Jan. 18, 2018. (Photo: Silvia Izquierdo/AP) </p>
Car plows into crowd along Brazil’s Copacabana beach, killing baby

Firefighter gives the first aid to a man that was hurt after a car drove into the crowded seaside boardwalk along Copacabana beach in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Thursday, Jan. 18, 2018. (Photo: Silvia Izquierdo/AP)

<p>A discarded pram is seen at the scene of a car crash at Copacabana beach in Rio de Janeiro on (Photo: Carl de Souza/AFP/Getty Images) </p>
Car plows into crowd along Brazil’s Copacabana beach, killing baby

A discarded pram is seen at the scene of a car crash at Copacabana beach in Rio de Janeiro on (Photo: Carl de Souza/AFP/Getty Images)

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