Police apprehended the suspect, who the region's governor, Hermann Schuetzenhoefe, called "deranged." He added that his actions had "no explanation, there is no excuse." Police don't believe the incident was related to any terrorist organization, although additional official details remain scarce. Over 60 ambulances and four helicopters responded to the incident.
"The driver deliberately drove into pedestrians. I myself saw a woman being run over," Siegfried Nagl, the city mayor and an eyewitness, told the BBC. Another witness claimed the driver was doing at least 62 miles per hour when he hit the crowd and that he saw bodies on the ground.
Graz is Austria's second largest city, and is about an hour drive from the Red Bull Ring, this week's destination for the Formula 1 circus.