> A terrorist attack on liberty. That's what French President Francois Hollande is calling Thursday's horrific crash in the city of Nice. At least 80 people are dead after a truck plowed through a crowd gathered to watch Bastille Day fireworks, the driver later shot dead by police.
According to the US State Department, two American citizens are among the dead. Hundreds of people have been rushed to hospitals. Reuters' Tom Bergin is on the scene.>> Yeah, I just met somebody who worked in a children's hospital and they said that they have many children that had come in there, basically seen some very severe operations going on at the moment on some of the children in their hospital.
>> Police say at least 18 people are in critical condition, meaning the death toll could still rise. Eyewitnesses describe scenes of horror with lifeless bodies covering the pavement.>> The 14th of July here, it's a big day, it's a big night, it's the beginning the holiday season. The woman I saw was sitting in a cafe and just saw that the truck whizzed by.
Really it's a sort of slightly surreal scene that she described and that's how she felt about it. People are just shocked that something like this has happened in their community.>> Investigators say weapons and grenades were discovered inside the truck. They're now working to identify the driver. According to local media, he may have been a young local originally from Tunisia.
Experts say Nice has seen Islamic activity in the past with some Muslim residents even traveling to fight in Syria. France is still reeling from last November's Paris attack when Islamic State militants gunned down 130 people. That tragedy prompted President Hollande to call for a state of emergency which has now been extended.