One killed in Marseille after car crashes into bus shelters

One person has been killed after a car struck a bus shelter in the southern French city of Marseille • Media reports suggest driver suffers from mental health issues

French police secure the area in the port city of Marseille
French police secure the area in the port city of Marseille

At least one person was killed and another injured in Marseille on Monday when a car crashed into two bus shelters in different parts of the French city, police said.

The driver first hit a bus shelter around 8:15am in the 13th arrondissement in the poorer northern part of France's second-largest city, before hitting a second bus shelter an hour later in the 11th arrondissement, several miles south.

Police advised the public to avoid the Old Port area where the driver, a 35-year-old man, was arrested.

"At the moment we have no information on the motives of this individual," a police official told Reuters news agency.

Unconfirmed media reports state that the driver has a criminal record and may be suffering from mental illness issues, but is not known to the intelligence services.

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

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