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Police rule out terror in van hitting bus stops in Marseille, France

| Monday, Aug. 21, 2017, 6:24 a.m.
French forensic police officers take images as they search a vehicle following a car crash in the southern Mediterranean city of Marseille on August 21, 2017.
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French forensic police officers take images as they search a vehicle following a car crash in the southern Mediterranean city of Marseille on August 21, 2017.
French police officers inspect a bus stop in La Valentine district after a van rammed into two bus stops in the French port city of Marseille, southern France, Monday Aug.21, 2017. At least one person was killed. (AP Photo/Claude Paris)
French police officers inspect a bus stop in La Valentine district after a van rammed into two bus stops in the French port city of Marseille, southern France, Monday Aug.21, 2017. At least one person was killed. (AP Photo/Claude Paris)
French police officers work near a bus stop in La Valentine district after a van rammed into two bus stops in the French port city of Marseille, southern France, Monday Aug.21, 2017. At least one person was killed. (AP Photo/Claude Paris)
French police officers work near a bus stop in La Valentine district after a van rammed into two bus stops in the French port city of Marseille, southern France, Monday Aug.21, 2017. At least one person was killed. (AP Photo/Claude Paris)

PARIS — The Latest on a van ramming two bus stops in the French port city of Marseille (all times local):

4:40 p.m.

Police in France say there are ruling out terrorism as a motive for the van that rammed into two Marseille bus stops, killing a woman at one of them.

A police official said “the terrorist motive is completely rejected” for the incident Monday morning.

Police had already said that the driver of the white van that hit the bus stops in two neighborhoods is being treated for psychological problems.

The 35-year-old suspect was arrested in the Old Port neighborhood of France's second largest city.

— By Elaine Ganley.

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1:40 p.m.

A French official says a suspect who rammed his white van into two bus stops in the southern French city of Marseille, killing a woman, is being treated for psychological problems.

A press official for police headquarters in Marseille says the suspect, who has not been identified by name, is 35 years old and from the Grenoble region in eastern France.

He rammed his van into two bus stops in two neighborhoods of the Mediterranean port city, killing a woman and injuring a man. He was arrested in Marseille's scenic Old Port neighborhood.

The official said specialists were going over the van for clues about the suspect's motives as he was being questioned. The official could not be named in keeping with French rules.

Police and forensic experts in white suits took evidence from the bus stop. The glass walls of the bus stop where the woman was killed were shattered.

— By Elaine Ganley.

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12:20 p.m.

A Marseille police official confirms reports that a van has rammed two bus stops in two different neighborhoods of the Mediterranean port city, killing a woman and injuring another person.

David-Olivier Reverdy of the Alliance police union says the driver of the Renault Master van was arrested in the scenic Old Port neighborhood Monday morning.

He says it is too early to blame the incident on terrorism, but “given the times” it cannot be excluded as a motive. He says all possibilities are currently being studied.

One person was hospitalized after the driver rammed the first bus stop. A woman was killed after he rammed the second bus stop in front of a KFC restaurant.

The two bus stops in northern Marseille are about 5 kilometers (3 miles) apart. Marseille is France's second largest city.

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11:55 a.m.

French media are reporting that a van has rammed into two bus stops in the French port city of Marseille, killing one person and injuring another. Police have tweeted that an operation is underway and they are asking residents to avoid part of the scenic Old Port area.

Reports say the driver of the van has been arrested.

BFM-TV says a witness noted the license plate of the van and was able to give it to police. A woman was killed at the second bus stop and a man injured at the first. They were in different areas of Marseille, which is the second-largest city in France.

A motive for the attacks is not yet known.

The incident comes just days after back-to-back van attacks in Barcelona and Spanish resort town of Cambrils killed 14 people.

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11:30 a.m.

French media are reporting that at least one woman has died after a vehicle rammed into two bus stops in the French port city of Marseille.

They say a driver has been arrested in the scenic Old Port area of France's second-largest city.

The regional La Provence newspaper and BFM-TV say that at least one woman has died.

The incident comes just days after back-to-back van attacks in Barcelona and Spanish resort town of Cambrils killed 14 people.

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