Four people including a baby have died and up to 15 were left injured after a car ploughed into a crowd in Germany.

A 51-year-old suspect was arrested after the SUV crashed through a pedestrian zone in the western city of Trier and ‘randomly ran over people’ at around 1.50pm.

At least four people have died in the incident, including a nine-month-old baby and a 72-year-old woman, confirmed Trier’s mayor Wolfram Leibe. He called it ‘blackest day in Trier after the Second World War.’

Witnesses described seeing people, including a young child in a stroller, being flung into the air as the car struck them in the shopping zone.

The public prosecutor said the suspect was drunk when he ploughed through the crowds and there was no indication of a political or religious motive. They added he has ‘possible psychological problems’.

‘We have a driver who ran amok in the city,’ Mayor Leibe told a news conference.

‘I just walked through the city centre and it was just horrible. There is a trainer lying on the ground, and the girl it belongs to is dead,’ he added, with tears stopping him from speaking further.

Malu Dreyer, the regional premier, said it was ‘so horrible’ that a child was among the dead, adding: ‘We are hoping and praying that the injured persons will survive and recover.’

Images and footage purportedly from Trier show a cobbled city centre road strewn with rubbish in the aftermath of the crash.

One eyewitness said a dark grey Range Rover was driving at high speed before people were thrown into the air, according to local media.

Mayor Leibe told broadcaster N-TV that people who saw the incident were ‘totally traumatised’ and the street ‘looks a bit like after a war’.

German police warned people to stay away from the city centre, which has been cordoned off as helicopters circle overhead. Parents were reportedly asked to pick their children up early from school.

Trier is Germany’s oldest city and was founded by the Romans more than 2,000 years ago. It is about 120 miles west of Frankfurt, near the border with Luxembourg.

It has about 110,000 residents and is known for its Roman gate, the Porta Nigra, which is near the scene of the crash, and as the birthplace of Karl Marx.

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