The vehicle sped down the centre of the 1km-long road, which is usually packed with people, until it hit a newspaper kiosk and stopped. Panic errupted. Some sources affirmed the death toll was much higher. The driver of van fled the scene on foot and is searched by police. Metro stations and shops close to site of the crash were closed.
Emergency in Barcelona
About 600 people were stuck inside ten restaurants in the area waiting for permission from the police to leave.The incident appeared to be terrorism, and a White House spokeswoman said in the U.S. President Donald Trump was being kept abreast of the situation. President Donald Trump on Thursday said the United States stood ready to help Spanish authorities after what he called a “terror attack” in Barcelona. This is the latest terrorist attack using a vehicle in Europe, following similar atrocities in Nice, Berlin and London. The terrorist attack protocol has been activated in Barcelona. A second van linked to the attack – assumed to have been used as getaway car – has been found in the small town of Vic in Catalonia. The prime minister, Mariano Rajoy, the Catalan president, Carles Puigdemont, and the mayor of Barcelona, Ada Colau, cancelled their holidays. “It is with profound sorrow and anguish that I have learnt of the terrorist attack that has struck at the heart of Barcelona this afternoon,” said Jean-Claude Juncker, the president of the European commission.