BERLIN TRUCK HORROR: Market witness says ‘blood was EVERYWHERE… then it was silent’
A SHOCKED witness who saw the devastation caused by a truck which ploughed into a Christmas market in Berlin and killed 12 people and injured at least 50 others said there was “blood everywhere” and described the eerie silence which fell upon the German square.
By Charlie Bayliss Exclusive
PUBLISHED: 03:04, Tue, Dec 20, 2016
German national Aymen R, who lives in Berlin, was just 400 metres away from the Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church when a truck decimated the popular Christmas market, where he arrived just a minute later.
Talking through his British friend Dave John, he exclusively told the Express.co.uk: “I was with a friend going towards to Christmas market. As we were going towards it we suddenly I saw loads of people coming towards us in a big wave.
Aymen described the horrific scene of the crash to the Express.
“Waves of people kept running towards us and we were asking ‘what’s happened?’. We heard some people may have been shot but we wasn’t entirely sure it was a lorry at first but then we walked up.
“There were police sirens, but I wasn’t sure what was happening for a while but as we got closer we could see the lorry which was on top of the Christmas market on top of things.
“When people were running away from the crash, everyone was screaming and trying to get away scene.”
Aymen added that the lorry was eventually pulled out from where it had been on top of the market and said rescuers desperately scrambled to help those injured in devastating crush.
He said: “One of the eeriest things was that everyone just went silent a little while after it happened, apart from the police officers talking over the radios.
“There was blood all over the floor where it happened. No-one really knew what was going on and people were trying to find someone to ask what was happening.”
Aymen praised the response from the emergency services.
Aymen praised the efforts from the emergency services who arrived almost immediately. He said injured were strewn across the floor as civilians tried desperate to help those injured to get them to medical attention.
Mr John, who also lives in Berlin, said he was not going to let the attack effect his daily life.
He said: “The friends I have around here and I’ve spoke to have said we can’t let this negatively affect our lives. It’s crazy what has gone on but we can’t start to stereotype people before we know what has actually gone on.
After the crash, the scene fell quiet apart from the sound of police radios.
“I am scared about what might happen, but at the same time I can’t let that control what I do.”
A suspect has been apprehended by Berlin police, who reportedly tried to flee the scene after the crash.