PARIS — Three children were killed after their car was struck by a vehicle in central Paris early Saturday, police said.
The car struck a group of about 50 people inside the office building where Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo and her husband are also living, Paris prosecutor Francois Molins said.
It is unclear whether the children were among the dead.
Hidalgo said she was still in the hospital.
The mayor said she had been driving in the office complex for about an hour when she saw a large white car that had broken down.
She said the car was stopped outside the building.
The driver then began speeding away, and a witness who was nearby told police that he saw the driver go down a steep street before he crashed into a building, Molins told reporters.
He said that the driver had been wearing a seat belt, but had not been arrested.
The accident happened just before 1 a.m. local time (1700 GMT).
No injuries were reported.
The National Police are investigating the accident.
Heralgo tweeted later that she was “devastated” by the accident, and that she would ask the police to investigate whether there was any negligence on the part of the driver.
The head of the state prosecutor’s office said it was too early to tell if the deaths were linked to the office buildings accident.
The prosecutor’s statement said the driver was believed to be a 27-year-old man from the town of Fougère-sur-Mer, some 100 kilometers (62 miles) north of Paris.
The French Interior Ministry did not immediately return calls for comment.