China: 18 injured as van rams pedestrians at Shanghai Starbucks store

At least 18 people have been injured, three in serious condition, after a van packed with gas canisters rammed into pedestrians outside a Starbucks coffee shop in downtown Shanghai, Friday.

Video from the scene shows several victims sprawled motionless on the ground as screams can be heard in the background.

The van caught fire and rammed into a tree, after hitting several people. The driver was reportedly a 40-year old man with the surname Chen who was smoking while driving a minivan transporting gas tanks.

Chen, who had no criminal record, was allegedly also injured. Local media reported the vehicle was also carrying six other people.

Authorities are investigating the incident.

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