Panic in Lon­don as car in­jures 11 spark­ing ter­ror at­tack fear

The Irish Mail on Sunday - - NEWS -

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.’

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