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Car smashes into Melbourne’s Bourke Street Mall and bursts into flames 

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Car smashes into Melbourne’s Bourke Street Mall and bursts into flames 

A car has crashed on Melbourne‘s Bourke Street Mall and burst into flames before the driver reportedly attack police with a knife.

Witnesses said the car hit a pedestrian as it mounted the kerb outside Target near the Swanson Street intersection.

Multiple witnesses said the driver of what appeared to be a dual-cab ute then ‘attacked police with a knife’.

A car has crashed on Melbourne 's Bourke Street Mall and burst into flames

A car has crashed on Melbourne 's Bourke Street Mall and burst into flames

A car has crashed on Melbourne ‘s Bourke Street Mall and burst into flames

‘Police response was swift and overwhelming. I heard at least one gunshot initially,’ a woman who witnessed the incident said.

Another said they heard ‘what sounded like a bomb and gun shot’. 

‘Hopefully no one got hurt. Roads are blocked and police advising to stay away from Bourkest. Feels like de ja vu,’ they said.

Others described a chaotic scene with an injured pedestrian lying on the ground, and numerous police cars helicopters flying overhead.

‘They are badly hurt and are lying on the ground,’ one told 3AW radio. 

Witnesses said the car hit a pedestrian outside Target near the Swanson Street intersection

Witnesses said the car hit a pedestrian outside Target near the Swanson Street intersection

Witnesses said the car hit a pedestrian outside Target near the Swanson Street intersection

Police are asking people to avoid the area.

It comes as a trial continues into the horrifying rampage in Bourke St in January last year. 

James Gargasoulas is accused of deliberately crashing into pedestrians, killing six and injuring 27 others. 

More to come. 

'They are badly hurt and are lying on the ground,' one told 3AW radio

'They are badly hurt and are lying on the ground,' one told 3AW radio

‘They are badly hurt and are lying on the ground,’ one told 3AW radio

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