84 Dead, 100 Injured in France After Truck Crashes Into Bastille Day Crowd (UPDATED)


Dozens of people were killed in Nice, France during Bastille Day celebrations earlier today.

A truck crashed into the large crowd and there are reports of shots fired. And a Nice newspaper’s Twitter account tweeted out a picture with the caption “The truck riddled with bullets”:

They also tweeted out more information from the scene:

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The mayor of Nice tweeted that people should remain in their homes:

There are unconfirmed reports that 30 people are dead.

We will update this post with more information as it comes out.

You can watch Sky News’ report above.

UPDATE –– 6:02 pm EDT: A Nice official says 30 are dead, 100 injured, and the driver has been killed:

UPDATE –– 6:11 pm EDT: Below you can see video from right after the crash:

UPDATE –– 6:22 pm EDT: It’s unclear yet whether this was a panned attack, but you’ll recall that after the November terrorist attacks in France, a state of emergency was called. Well, it continued and was extended into this year, but French President Francois Hollande said it would end later this month.

UPDATE –– 6:31 pm EDT: There are now reports that up to 60 people are dead.

UPDATE –– 6:36 pm EDT: Authorities have had to quash rumors of a fire at the Eiffel Tower. There are also unconfirmed reports of hostages being taken at a nearby hotel.

UPDATE –– 6:38 pm EDT: A spokesperson for the French interior ministry is saying there is no hostage situation.

UPDATE –– 7:02 pm EDT: President Obama has already been briefed.

UPDATE –– 7:22 pm EDT: There are new reports that the death toll is up to 73 and the truck was apparently loaded with guns and grenades.

UPDATE –– 7:36 pm EDT: The mayor is calling this the “worst tragedy in the history of Nice”:

UPDATE –– 8:38 pm EDT: The death toll is now reportedly at 77.

UPDATE –– 10:30 pm EDT: A French official now says the death toll is 80.

UPDATE — Friday 7:00 a.m. EDT: The number of dead in the Nice attack has risen, and two Americans are confirmed dead at this time.

[image via @Nice_Matin]

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