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Four killed, dozens injured by speeding car in pedestrian zone of Trier, Germany (VIDEO)

At least four people were killed and dozens of others injured in an incident in the German town of Trier after a car plowed through a pedestrianized zone Tuesday afternoon.

Authorities confirmed that one of the fatalities was a baby while German news outlets are reporting that around 30 other people were injured during the incident.

Eyewitnesses said the speeding sports utility vehicle (SUV) hit a baby stroller as it plowed through a crowd of people.

Officials asked the public to avoid the area as investigations into the incident are carried out and a security cordon established. 

"We have arrested one person, one vehicle has been secured. Two people have died, according to preliminary indications. Please continue to avoid the downtown area," Trier police tweeted.

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The driver of the vehicle is a 51-year-old man from the Trier area. He has been detained by police but the exact circumstances of the incident have yet to be established. There was no immediate indication of the possible motive.

Eyewitnesses told the Trierischer Volksfreund newspaper that a dark grey Range Rover was driving at high speed and people had been thrown through the air.

The local news outlet added that the city center had been cordoned off and helicopters were circling overhead.

Meanwhile, local schools were placed on lockdown following terrorist attack protocols, with parents urged to collect their children and take them home as a precaution. However, authorities have not declared the incident an act of terrorism.

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