Nine dead and dozens wounded after driver plows into crowd in Hengyang, China

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By Nanlin Fang and Eliott C. McLaughlin, CNN

Nine people were killed after a driver rammed his car into a crowd in the southeastern China city of Hengyang late Wednesday, according to the local government.

Another 46 people were wounded, three of them severely, the government said in a news release.

“There was a vicious incident that a person drove deliberately into crowds at Mijiang Square of Hengdong County,” the release said.

The driver, identified only by a surname, Yang, is in custody.

The motive for the crash, which occurred about 7:35 p.m. (7:35 a.m. ET), has yet to be determined.

Hengyang is located about 330 miles (530 kilometers) north of Guangzhou.