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Eight people were taken to hospital after a van reportedly drove into pedestrians in Los Angeles.

Los Angeles Fire Department said that nine people were assessed at the scene and eight were transported. The department also said that an off-duty fire fighter was also in the crowd but not injured.

Local police sergeant Dwayne Wilson told the LA Times that two vehicles had collided at an intersection after one ran a red light, sending one into the patio of a restaurant on West Pico Boulevard in the neighbourhood of Mid-Wilshire.

The fire department said that one 44-year-old man was in a critical condition while a 30-year-old man, 18-year-old woman and 28-year-old woman were all in a serious condition.

Four other transported patients were described as being in a 'fair' condition.

The Associated Press reported how helicopter footage showed the vehicle had knocked down a white picket fence around an area of The Fish Spot restaurant. The incident took place between 3pm and 4pm local time on Sunday (30 July).

Terrorism is apparently not being considered as motive and both drivers had stayed to cooperate with police.