Panic in London as car injures 11 sparking terror attack fear
A DRIVER ploughed into pedestrians outside London’s Natural History Museum yesterday, sparking fears of a terror attack.
The car mounted a pavement crowded with tourists at around 2.15pm, injuring 11 people before smashing into a sign and a parked car. The driver was wrestled to the ground by members of the public and pinned down until elite counter-terror units arrived, shouting at families to ‘run and keep running’.
Terrified people ran down the streets, knocking over tables at pavement cafés, while hundreds more streamed out of a nearby Underground station as it was evacuated. Dazed and bloodied victims were treated by paramedics near the steps to the museum, with one woman being placed in a wheelchair. A young boy is also thought to have been among the casualties.
It was feared that it was a fresh terror attack, but the Metropolitan Police said it was being treated as a traffic accident. Government sources said the driver had blacked out at the wheel of his Toyota Prius and had been taken to hospital.
Greg King, 22, said: ‘I heard tyres screeching and a lot of screaming and then a massive smash which was him hitting a sign and the glass falling. He then turned and went smashing into the car on the other side of the road which stopped him.’