Van hits diners on Los Angeles sidewalk restaurant, 8 injured

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One of the drivers was taken into custody pending an investigation, the LAPD spokesperson said.

He said several victims were pinned under the van as panicked witnesses rush to pull them out.

The vehicle careened into the crowd around 3.47pm Sunday local time (8.37am today AEST), on West Pico Boulevard in Wilshire, the LA Times reports.

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Los Angeles police spokesman Josh Rubenstein said the crash appeared to be an accident. The impact of the crash sent the Ford van through a picket fence outside the restaurant, then through tables packed with diners on the patio. L.A. Police Sgt. C. Barlow said bystanders stopped him less than a block away from he scene. At least one of the victims was in critical condition.

Both drivers remained on scene and were not injured, Wilson said.

Some people were lying with broken limbs, while another bled profusely from his head under pieces of furniture and fencing. He had been dining with his daughter, who looked about 10 years old and was not injured, she said.