UPDATE: Latest reports indicate 77 dead and a report from the UK’s Telegraph quotes Chrisian Entrosi, president of the region, claiming that the truck was “loaded with arms and grenades.”
An earlier fire at the Eiffel Tower has been ruled an accident, not part of any terrorist attack, and unrelated to the events in Nice.
“A long white truck ran into a crowd of people in Nice, France, on Bastille Day, killing ‘probably’ 30 people and injuring 100 more, a local prefecture official told CNN. One witness, an American who was about 15 feet from the truck, said the driver pointed his tractor trailer into the crowd, mowing bodies over.” France has been on alert for terrorist attacks in recent weeks.
An American witness at the scene said the driver of the truck was mowing bodies over, and that he appeared to accelerate as he hit those bodies. The witness said he saw only the driver. He heard gunfire as he ran away, but did not know its source. It seemed like an accident at first, but it became apparent very quickly that it was deliberate, the witness told CNN.
More as it becomes available.