....multiple fatalities being reported at a Bastille Day celebration in Nice, France...
Dozens feared dead after truck drives into crowd in Nice(The Guardian) A truck has crashed into a crowd gathered for France’s Bastille Day fireworks on the seafront of the southern city of Nice, French media have reported.
The local police prefect of Alpes-Maritimes warned of an attack and asked Nice residents to stay indoors, France Info radio reported.
“People are running, it’s panic,” a local newspaper journalist from Nice-Matin was reported saying. “There is blood, no doubt injuries.”
There are reported to have been at least several deaths.
Security forces and ambulances raced to the scene, and authorities from the local Alpes-Maritimes prefecture urged residents to stay indoors.
A reporter for the French news agency AFP described seeing a white van driving at high speed onto the famed Promenade des Anglais as people were leaving after the annual Bastille Day celebration display.
“We saw people hit and bits of debris flying around,” he said, adding that the incident took place near the city’s famed Hotel Negresco.
Terrified pedestrians screamed as they fled the area. “It was absolute chaos,” he said.
A huge security cordon was established closing off the central Place Massena by 2330 GMT, another AFP added.
President of the Regional Council of Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur, Christian Estrosi, tweeted that a “truck-driver appeared to have killed dozens of people”. He told Nice residents: “Stay at home”.