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15 people injured as car plows through Copacabana boardwalk

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Daniel Uria
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
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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