media, citing police at the scene, said first indications pointed to
a deliberate attack on the market.
police said nine people were dead and up to 50 injured.
footage from the scene showed stalls knocked over and people lying
injured on the ground.
cars and ambulances converged on the scene.
police spokesman told German media officers had arrested the
suspected driver of the truck. Another person, described as the
co-driver, died in the crash.
of the truck show it was registered in neighbouring Poland.
incident occurred near the fashionable Kurfuerstendamm avenue in the
west of the city.
truck careered into the market at what would have been one of its
most crowded times, when adults and children would gather in the
traditional cluster of wooden stalls that sell food and Christmas
witness, Emma Rushton, said the truck "ploughed through"
the market and that people had been crushed.
heard a big noise and then I moved on the Christmas market and saw
much chaos...many injured people," Jan Hollitzer, deputy editor
in chief of Berliner Morgenpost, told CNN. "It was
truck crash comes five months after an attack in Nice, France, when a
19-tonne truck was driven along the beach front, mowing down people
who had gathered to watch the fireworks on Bastille Day.
attack killed 86 people and was claimed
by Islamic State.
Police shot dead the driver, Tunisian-born Mohamed Lahouaiej Bouhlel,
at the scene.