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Marseille bus stop hit by van, one dead and driver arrested

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Media captionThe car had hit another bus shelter in the city earlier in the day

A woman has been killed after a van struck a bus shelter in the southern French city of Marseille, police say.

The driver has been arrested. His vehicle had struck another bus shelter in a different district of the city earlier in the morning, seriously injuring one person.

French prosecutors say the case is not being treated as a terrorist incident.

French media reports say the driver is known to police and may have mental health issues.

The unconfirmed reports say he has a criminal record but is not known to the intelligence services.

The first bus stop was hit at about 09:15 (07:15 GMT) at Croix Rouge in the 13th district, where one person was seriously hurt.

The second bus stop was struck at about 10:00 at Valentine in the 11th district.

French media say the woman who died was in her 40s.

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Image caption The site of the second bus stop is sealed off by police
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Image caption The van is inspected by forensic experts

On Bastille Day last year, along the coast in Nice, more than 80 people were killed when a lorry was driven into celebrating crowds on the seafront in an attack claimed by so-called Islamic State.

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