11 hurt as car hits museum tourists
Terrified tourists fled screaming yesterday after a car ploughed into pedestrians at one of London’s top visitor attractions.
Armed police shouted at shoppers and diners to “run, run” as they swooped at about 2.20pm at the Natural History Museum.
Authorities were on high alert after five terror attacks in the UK this year but last night police said it was a road accident.
Eleven people, including at least one child, were hurt, when the private hire car, a Toyota Prius, hit passers-by after mounting a kerb. Nine were taken to hospital.
Witness Sophie Parry, 56, said: “We heard three pops. I looked up and we could see the car carrying a cyclist on the bonnet. The car veered across the road and crashed into two parked cars.”
A bystander, who asked not to be named, said: “He hit the wall and there were people laid out on the floor.
“He immediately jumped from the car and started running.
“Someone rugby-tackled him to the floor and he was pinned to the ground.”
Images showed a man being held on the ground with cuts to his face before police led him away.
Officers quickly cleared the area, including nearby shops and restaurants.
A spokesman for the Metropolitan Police said: “The injuries are not thought to be life- threatening or life-changing.
“The incident is a road traffic investigation and not a terrorist-related incident.”
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