Saturday, 16 December, 2017

11 people injured as vehicle hits pedestrians near London's Natural History Museum

Man arrested and a number of pedestrians injured following collision in South Kensington Car mounts pavement outside London museum, according to reports
Lillian Steele | 09 October, 2017, 00:38

A auto crash that injured 11 people outside a major London tourist attraction Saturday sparked fears of a terrorist attack but turned out to be simply a traffic accident, London police said.

But in a later update, the Met said: "The incident is a road traffic investigation and not a terrorist-related incident".

Photo Police officers stand with an injured person with a bandaged ankle near the Natural History Museum on Saturday in London.

In a statement London Ambulance Service said they treated 11 people at the scene and nine of those were taken to hospital.

Most of those hurt were treated for leg and head injuries.

The majority of those injured have now been discharged from hospital and there are no serious injuries, police said.

The arrested man has not yet been charged with any offence and inquiries continue.

The area is one of London's busiest tourism spots with the Science Museum also housed close by.

The current terror threat level in the United Kingdom is "severe" - the second highest - meaning an attack is highly likely.

"We will release more information when we can - our information must be accurate", said Metropolitan Police in another tweet.

In March, a man drove a vehicle into pedestrians on London's Westminster Bridge killing four before stabbing a police officer to death in the grounds of parliament. Helicopters buzzed overhead as ambulances hurried to the scene on Exhibition Road.

The Natural History Museum is in the bustling section of South Kensington, popular with both Londoners and tourists.

Nevertheless, the collision raised concerns after several attacks this year in the London area involving vehicles ramming pedestrians.

The Metropolitan Police in a statement said he was taken into custody following the incident on Exhibition Road in Southern Kensington and was later arrested.

Shortly after the crash, Prime Minister Theresa May tweeted: "My thanks to the first responders at this incident this afternoon and the actions of members of the public".

Nearby museums have been evacuated and the roads around the area have been closed, according to reports.

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