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Truck reportedly plows into crowd in France; Dozens of deaths reported

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by PHIL HELSEL

A truck plowed into a group of pedestrians in Nice, France, Thursday night as people celebrated Bastille Day, authorities and witnesses said.

The mayor of Nice, Christian Estrosi, said on Twitter there appeared to be dozens of deaths.

"White truck literally racing through crowds of all ages. People either caught in path or forced to jump onto rocks over beach barrier," witness Andrew Botros, an Edinburgh man who owns a holiday apartment in Nice, told NBC News in a Twitter message. "Some dead. Horrific," Botros said.

The local Nice Martin newspaper reported that a truck ran into a crowd watching a fireworks display.

Photos and video on social media appeared to show crowds running from the scene, and several people injured on the ground.

Police told NBC they were aware of an incident but were still investigating.

Following the incident, Nice Mayor Christian Estrosi tweeted in French, "Dear nice, the driver of a truck appears to have made dozens of deaths. Stay for the moment to your home. More info to come."

France has been on edge since a series of coordinated terror attacks in Paris in November that left 130 people dead. The terror group ISIS claimed responsibility for that attack.

Bastille Day, also known as National Day, commemorates the storming of the Bastille prison during the French revolution in 1789.

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