11 hurt as car hits mu­seum tourists

Sunday Mail (UK) - - News -

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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