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A woman whose shirt is covered in blood is helped after authorities said a truck slammed into a crowd in Nice, France, on July 14, 2016. French officials said more than 70 people were killed.
A woman whose shirt is covered in blood is helped after authorities said a truck slammed into a crowd in Nice, France, on July 14, 2016. French officials said more than 70 people were killed.Antoine Chauvel
A woman whose shirt is covered in blood is helped after authorities said a truck slammed into a crowd in Nice, France, on July 14, 2016. French officials said more than 70 people were killed.
Bodies lie in the streets of Nice, France, after a terrorist attack that left at least 77 dead and dozens injured on July 14, 2016.
Covered bodies lie on the street after a truck crashed into a crowd along the Promenade des Anglais in Nice, France, during celebrations of Bastille Day on July 14, 2016.
At the site of the terrorist attack, people react along the Promenade des Anglais after a truck crashed into a crowd during celebrations of Bastille Day in Nice, France, July 14, 2016.
First responders tend to victims of a terrorist attack in Nice, France, that left at least 77 dead and dozens injured on July 14, 2016.
First responders in Nice, France, after authorities said at least 77 people were killed and many more injured after a truck slammed into a crowd on July 14, 2016.
Bystanders tend to victims after a terrorist attack in Nice, France, that left 77 dead and many more injured, July 14, 2016
Bodies lie in the streets of Nice, France, after a terrorist attack that left at least 77 dead and dozens injured on July 14, 2016.
Bodies lie in the streets of Nice, France, after a terrorist attack left at least 77 dead and dozens injured on July 14, 2016.
A woman whose shirt is covered in blood is helped after authorities said a truck slammed into a crowd in Nice, France, o
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'It Felt Like a War Scene': Witness to the Truck Attack in France

Updated: Jul 15, 2016 9:35 AM ET | Originally published: Jul 14, 2016

“It felt like a war scene,” says French photographer Antoine Chauvel. “It was horrible.”

"It" started during the Bastille Day celebrations on Nice's Promenade des Anglais, which runs along the Mediterranean seafront and is a popular attraction for locals and tourists alike.

“My wife and one of my sons had gone to see the fireworks on the Neptune Beach across from the hotel Le Negresco,” says Chauvel. “When the show was over, she heard people screaming. People were running everywhere. She crossed the street and just a few seconds later, the truck was driving where she had been.”

At the time of publication, French officials said 77 people were killed after a large truck plowed into a crowd of people, for what some reports say was a mile or longer.

Once Chauvel's wife and son made their way back to their apartment, he picked up his camera and walked towards the beach.

“It was horrific,” he says. “There were bodies lying on the road. Some people were trying to save their friends’ lives, screaming for an ambulance, for the cops. The more I walked towards Place Masséna [200 yards away from the Negresco], the more bodies there were.”

Police officers stand near a van, with its windscreen riddled with bullets, that tore into a crowd leaving a fireworks display in the French Riviera town of Nice on July 14, 2016. At least 70 people were killed in the French city of Nice on Thursday after officials and authorities said a truck slammed into a crowd celebrating Bastille Day. Photographs from the immediate aftermath showed several dead bodies on a main street in the city, which lies on the coast of the Mediterranean, as well as a truck that had its windshield riddled with bullet holes. Bodies that had already been attended to were wrapped in gold sheets.
Police officers stand near a van, with its windscreen riddled with bullets, that tore into a crowd leaving a fireworks display in the French Riviera town of Nice on July 14, 2016Valery Hache—AFP/Getty Images
Police officers stand near a van, with its windscreen riddled with bullets, that tore into a crowd leaving a fireworks display in the French Riviera town of Nice on July 14, 2016. At least 70 people were killed in the French city of Nice on Thursday after officials and authorities said a truck slammed into a crowd celebrating Bastille Day. Photographs from the immediate aftermath showed several dead bodies on a main street in the city, which lies on the coast of the Mediterranean, as well as a truck that had its windshield riddled with bullet holes. Bodies that had already been attended to were wrapped in gold sheets.
Bodies are seen on the ground on July 15, 2016, after at least 70 people were killed in Nice, France, when a truck ran into a crowd celebrating Bastille Day.
People cross the street with their hands on their heads as a French soldier secures the area in Nice, France, on July 15, 2016, after at least 60 people were killed along the Promenade des Anglais when a truck ran into a crowd celebrating Bastille Day.
French soldiers advance on the street after at least 70 people were killed in Nice, France, when a truck ran into a crowd celebrating the Bastille Day national holiday on July 14, 2016.
Police officers respond to reports of a truck slamming into a crowd in Nice, France, on July 14, 2016.
A dead body lies on the ground on July 15, 2016, after authorities said a van drove into a crowd watching a fireworks display in the French Riviera town of Nice.
A body is seen on the ground on July 15, 2016, after at least 70 people were killed in Nice, France, when a truck ran into a crowd celebrating Bastille Day.
Police officers stand near a van, with its windscreen riddled with bullets, that tore into a crowd leaving a fireworks d
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