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15 people injured as car plows through Copacabana boardwalk

By Daniel Uria
15 people injured as car plows through Copacabana boardwalk
Authorities in Brazil said 15 people were injured Thursday night when a vehicle plowed through a boardwalk at Copacabana beach in Rio de Janeiro after the driver lost control. Photo by Antonio Lacerda/EPA

Jan. 18 (UPI) -- More than a dozen people were injured after a car plowed through a crowd on a beach in Brazil on Thursday night.

Military police in the city of Rio de Janeiro confirmed 15 people were injured after a vehicle drove onto a boardwalk at Copacabana beach.

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Police said the driver lost control of the vehicle and terrorism was not a factor.

The driver was arrested at the scene and transferred to a local precinct.

Officials said the driver experienced some kind of epileptic attack that caused the vehicle to swerve into the crowd.

A small black car was seen with its hood lifted in the sand as investigators surveyed the area and first responders tended to the victims.

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