One person was killed and 37 more were injured when the vehicle mounted a crowded sidewalk outside the Paris Las Vegas Hotel, the venue which hosts the Jersey Boys musical, on the city's famous strip.

The horrific crash occurred while the glitzy Miss Universe show was taking place at the nearby Planet Hollywood Resort and Casino.

Officers from the city's homicide division are investigating the incident, and one woman has been arrested, according to CNN.com.

"This was not an act of terrorism," explained Deputy Police Chief Brett Zimmerman. "We are treating this as an intentional act."

Police officers are appealing for witnesses to come forward.

The Miss Universe pageant was won by Miss Philippines Pia Alonzo Wurtzbach, but the event was mired in controversy as comedian Steve Harvey read out the wrong name during the final and mistakenly crowned Miss Colombia Ariadna Gutierrez Arevalo.

Miss Colombia was later declared to be the first runner-up and Miss Philippines was named the winner.

Harvey later took to Twitter.com to say sorry for his mistake, writing, "I'd like to apologize wholeheartedly to Miss Colombia & Miss Philippines for my huge mistake. I feel terrible... Secondly, I'd like to apologize to the viewers at that I disappointed as well. Again it was an honest mistake... I don't want to take away from this amazing night and pageant. As well as the wonderful contestants. They were all amazing."