Latest: Baby killed as car hits crowd in Copacabana beach carnage

Update 5pm: A baby has been killed and 17 other people were injured when a motorist drove into a crowded promenade along Copacabana beach in Brazil.

Rio de Janeiro's municipal health department confirmed that a 68-year-old Australian citizen was among those injured in the Thursday night incident and and is breathing with the help of a respirator.

Eight other people remain in hospital, many with broken bones. The state health department confirmed the death of a baby girl.

The famous Brazilian seafront location was crowded on a hot summer night when the car mounted the kerb.

Police have said the incident was not a terrorist attack, and have arrested the driver.

The driver told police he had not been drinking but lost control of his car. He also said that he has epilepsy.

Earlier 6.51am: More than a dozen hurt after car drives into crowds at Copacabana Beach

A motorist said he lost control of his car as it drove onto the crowded seaside promenade along Copacabana Beach in Rio de Janeiro injuring 15, police said.

Brazilian military police said in a statement there was no indication that the incident was a terrorist attack.

Several European and American cities have seen terrorist attacks in which drivers plowed into crowds.

Police have arrested the driver, who told them he had not been drinking but had lost control of his car.

He also said that he suffered from epilepsy, according to the police statement.

The promenade along Copacabana beach was crowded with people on the hot summer night when the car jumped over the curb.

A witness reported seeing at least one child among the injured, many of whom were knocked down and were treated initially where they lay on the ground.

The car stopped in the sand after it apparently crossed the wide pavement that runs between the beach and a busy road.

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