Published: Sun, October 08, 2017
Research | By Jennifer Evans

Pedestrians injured after collision with auto near museum in London

Pedestrians injured after collision with auto near museum in London

London police say a auto crash that injured 11 people outside the Natural History Museum is a road traffic accident, not a terror attack.

The Metropolitan Police said a "number" of people had been injured and one person was arrested following the incident on Exhibition Road in South Kensington, the BBC reported.

Police said it was believed a vehicle mounted the sidewalk and collided with a number of pedestrians. "A man (no further details) has been arrested at the scene", the police said in a statement.

Police later said they believed the incident was not terror-related, but a road traffic collision. Police helicopters circled the scene overhead.

Sadiq Khan, Mayor of London, also issued a statement and urged people to avoid going to the area as the probe into the incident were still underway. "A number of people have been injured #Exhibition Road #South Kensington".

In London, a auto near Natural History Museum in Kensington district has been driven to a sidewalk and has captured several passers-by. Police had said earlier that the cause of the collision was under investigation.

Mobile phone video from the scene showed a man being held face down on the pavement by two other men.

But while officers continue to investigate the circumstances surrounding the incident - and stress the situation could quickly change - no clear evidence has yet emerged that would suggest it was terrorist attack.

A Downing Street spokesperson said British Prime Minister Theresa May is "being kept up to date on events".

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

Police patrol around the scene of the attack.

Britons in general, and Londoners in particular, have been jumpy after a string of extremist attacks this year, including deadly attacks using vehicles to hit pedestrians on Westminster Bridge and London Bridge.

Police officers stand guard after the incident. Later, he was shot dead by cops.

The paramedics are on the spot and have been giving medical treatment to the injured people. Masood acted alone, police said, but may have been inspired by ISIS.

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