Eight people were transported to hospitals after the incident on
West Pico Boulevard, the Los Angeles Fire Department said on
Twitter. A ninth person, an off-duty Los Angeles firefighter,
was hurt but did not need to be taken to a hospital, it said.
"Complete accident, nothing intentional," said Lieutenant Jim
Lewis of the Los Angeles Police Department.
The incident bore initial similarities to vehicle attacks by
Islamist militants in Europe and Israel. Last month, a man drove
a van into a crowd of worshippers leaving a London mosque.
Los Angeles' fire department said a 44-year-old man was in
critical condition. Three people were seriously injured, and
four were in fair condition, with the ages of the seven ranging
from 18 to 51, it said.
The van's driver, a 39-year-old man, was in fair condition, fire
department spokeswoman Margaret Stewart said.
(Reporting by Ian Simpson in Washington; Editing by Peter
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