1 person killed after van rams into 2 bus stops in Marseille; terrorism ruled out as motive

A French criminal police officer takes notes as a forensic police officers search the site following a car crash on August 21, 2017, in the southern Mediterranean city of Marseille. At least one person has died in Marseille after a car crashed into people waiting at two different bus stops in the southern French port city, police sources told AFP, adding that the suspected driver had been arrested afterwards. The police sources, who asked not to be identified, did not say whether the incident was being treated as a terror attack or an accident. / AFP PHOTO / boris HORVAT (Photo credit should read BORIS HORVAT/AFP/Getty Images)

MARSEILLE, France — A van rammed into two bus stops in the French port city of Marseille on Monday, killing one person and injuring another, a police official said.

The 35-year-old driver of the Renault Master van was arrested in a third location, the scenic Old Port area of France’s second-largest city, David-Olivier Reverdy of the Alliance police union said.

Police said they’ve ruled out terrorism as a motive, saying that motive has been “completely rejected” for the Monday incident. The driver of the van that hit two bus stops is being treated for psychological problems, police said.

BFM-TV said a witness noted the license plate of the van and was able to give it to police, allowing them to make the arrest.

A man was injured at the first bus stop and the woman killed at the second, Reverdy said. The two bus stops are about 5 kilometers (3 miles) apart in the northern part of Marseille.

The incident comes just days after back-to-back van attacks in Barcelona and Spanish resort town of Cambrils killed 14 people.