Eight-Month-Old Baby is Killed and 15 People Hurt as Car Ploughs into Pedestrians on Tourist-Packed Rio Promenade ‘after Driver had an Epileptic Fit’

A baby has been killed and at least 15 people injured after a car ploughed through a busy promenade on Copacabana beach.

The horrifying incident happened at 8.45pm local time (10.45pm GMT) on Rio de Janeiro’s Rua Figueredo de Magalhães boardwalk near the iconic beauty spot.

Initial reports claim an eight-month-old baby has been killed and at least 15 people injured, including the baby’s mother.

Authorities have confirmed the driver, Antonio de Almeida Anaquim, 41, had an epileptic seizure and lost control of his car. He has been detained by police.

Local media reported that anti-seizure medicine was found in the driver’s car and said he is now being tested for alcohol in his blood.

Police have stressed the incident is not being treated as a terror attack, but is instead a ‘serious accident’.

According to Globo1, beachgoers who saw the shocking crash beat the driver until they were stopped by police.

Multiple people have been injured after a car ploughed into pedestrians on a packed promenade closed to Copacabana Beach in Brazil

A man is pictured holding a baby next to one of the victims of the incident on the floor 

The incident happened at 8pm local time with reports suggesting at least 15 people have been injured. The area was filled with tourists at the time. A car believed to be involved is pictured

A pram can be seen lying on the ground after the horrific incident at Copacabana Beach in Rio De Janeiro, in which at least 15 people were reportedly hurt 

 The Hyundai I30 stopped in the sand after it apparently crossed the wide sidewalk that runs between the beach and a busy road. Pictured: A man being treated at the scene after the tragedy 

The car can be seen smashed up on the sand as victims lie on stretchers to be treated after the devastating crash, thought so far to have killed at least one person 

A tourist filmed the shocking scenes from above as dozens of emergency service personnel rushed to the beach to help victims of the crash

Initial reports claim an eight-month-old baby has been killed and at least 15 people injured

Authorities have confirmed the driver, Antonio de Almeida Anaquim, 41, had an epileptic seizure and lost control of his car. He has been detained by police. Pictured: The scene tonight

Colonel Angelotti said: ‘We got there in time to keep him from being lynched.’

Brazilian media has reported that a woman is in a critical condition in hospital, while two other children have also been rushed to the emergency department in a serious state.

They also report that the most severely hurt patient has a head injury.

Three men, three women and a two-year-old boy have been sent to the Souza Aguiar Hospital, it has been reported.

Their injuries are not believed to be life-threatening.

The Hyundai I30 stopped in the sand after it apparently crossed the wide sidewalk that runs between the beach and a busy road.

Witnesses claim the car was not driving at high speed as traffic in the area was intense.

Firefighters carry a woman away to receive treatment after she was hit by the car driving along the famous beach's boardwalk

Authorities have confirmed the driver, Antonio de Almeida Anaquim, 41, had an epileptic seizure and lost control of his car. He has been detained by police. Pictured: Police standing by the car 

Police have stressed the incident is not being treated as a terror attack, but is instead a 'serious accident'. Pictured: A man being taken for treatment after the crash 

The horrifying incident happened at 8.45pm local time (10.45pm GMT) on Rio de Janeiro's Rua Figueredo de Magalhães boardwalk near the iconic beauty spot. Pictured: Police and firemen at the scene of the crash 

Local media reported that anti-seizure medicine was found in the driver's car and said he is now being tested for alcohol in his blood. Pictured: The scene from above after the incident. To the right is the car 

Several people were knocked down and seen lying on the ground.

Pictures and mobile phone footage posted online show devastating scenes of the area with people lying motionless on the floor.

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