Updated 2 | Eight hospitalised, one 'very critical', after car mounts pavement in St Julian’s

Man lost control of his car, mounted pavement and hit number of pedestrians • One victim in "very critical" condition, driver arrested

Eight people have been hospitalised after a man lost control of his car and mounted a pavement on the St Julian's promenade
Eight people have been hospitalised after a man lost control of his car and mounted a pavement on the St Julian's promenade

Eight people were hospitalised Friday morning after a car mounted a pavement in Triq Gorg Borg Olivier, St Julian’s, and hit people who had been walking by.

The police said the accident, which took place at around 4.50am, happened when a 20-year-old man from Birkirkara lost control of the Subaru Impreza he was driving and injured a number of pedestrians who had been walking on the St Julian's-Sliema promenade.

Four Danish men aged between 19 and 25, two Croatian women aged 21 and 23 respectively and two 25-year-old Englishmen were taken to Mater Dei Hospital for medical care.

The police later said that one of the Danish men was critically hurt and one of the Englishmen was suffering from serious injuries. The other three Danish men and the other Englishman were slightly hurt, while the two Croatian women escaped injury.

Health Minister Chris Fearne has previously said on Twitter that one of the victims was in a "very critical condition", as he praised emergency staff's response for being "exemplary".

Reports from people on the scene say that the driver's car also uprooted a couple of trees, and badly damaged a lamppost.

The road from the City of London pub to the water polo pitch has been closed to traffic following the incident (Photo: Google Maps)
The road from the City of London pub to the water polo pitch has been closed to traffic following the incident (Photo: Google Maps)

The driver was arrested and taken to the St Julian's police station for questioning.

Police investigations are ongoing.

The stretch of road from the City of London pub, to the water polo pitch, has reportedly been closed to traffic.

More in Court & Police

Get access to the real stories first with the digital edition

Subscribe