11 in­jured in car hor­ror

BUT THIS TIME IN­CI­DENT ISN’T TER­ROR-RE­LATED

Sunday Sun - - News - By DAVID WOOD ec.news@tr­ni­tymir­ror.com

Re­porter ELEVEN peo­ple were in­jured and a man de­tained by po­lice af­ter a car ploughed into pedes­tri­ans in one of Lon­don’s busiest tourist ar­eas, spark­ing a ter­ror alert.

Video footage posted on Twit­ter showed a man be­ing re­strained on the ground by mem­bers of the pub­lic af­ter the in­ci­dent near the Nat­u­ral His­tory Mu­seum (NHM) in South Kens­ing­ton yes­ter­day af­ter­noon.

The in­ci­dent sparked fears of a ter­ror­ist at­tack in an area busy with fam­i­lies, but Scotland Yard later con­firmed it was be­ing treated as a road traf­fic col­li­sion and was “not be­ing treated as a ter­ror­re­lated in­ci­dent”.

The 11 peo­ple treated were mostly suf­fer­ing from head or leg in­juries, the Lon­don Am­bu­lance Ser­vice said, with nine taken to hospi­tal.

A Met­ro­pol­i­tan Po­lice spokesman said: “Whilst in­quiries con­tinue it is be­lieved a car mounted the pave­ment and col­lided with a num­ber of pedes­tri­ans.

“Eleven peo­ple were found at the scene with vary­ing in­juries and nine of them have been taken to hospi­tal, and this in­cludes the man that was de­tained by po­lice.

“Their in­juries are not be­lieved to be life-threat­en­ing or life-chang­ing.

“The man de­tained by of­fi­cers is cur­rently un­der ar­rest and is in cus­tody at a north Lon­don po­lice sta­tion.

“The in­ci­dent is a road traf­fic in­ves­ti­ga­tion and not a ter­ror­ist-re­lated in­ci­dent.”

Down­ing Street had said that Prime Min­is­ter Theresa May was be­ing kept up to date with devel­op­ments.

Pic­tures and footage showed street dam­age and a mas­sive po­lice pres­ence in the cap­i­tal’s mu­seum district, home to the NHM, the Sci­ence Mu­seum and the Vic­to­ria and Al­bert Mu­seum.

Eye­wit­nesses spoke of pedes­tri­ans flee­ing in ter­ror as the drama un­folded shortly af­ter 2.20pm.

Dieon Rurora, 25, who works in a nearby cafe, said: “Peo­ple were run­ning down the street, fall­ing over. It was quite scary.”

Col­league Mer­ilin Mueller, 20, added: “It just seemed like an ac­ci­dent be­cause there was a po­lice car. We couldn’t see out­side.

“Then there were loads of po­lice cars and that’s when all of th­ese po­lice came march­ing down say­ing, ‘move, move’. “They said, ‘you need to evac­u­ate’.” Pic­tures from the scene showed a col­li­sion in­volv­ing a black Toy­ota Prius, reg­is­tered as a mini­cab, that had col­lided with a sil­ver Vaux­hall sa­loon and a Jaguar.

Friends So­phie Parry and Les­ley Guin­ness were on their way to the V&A’s Pink Floyd ex­hi­bi­tion when they saw the driver of a black ve­hi­cle swerve across the road and hit a cy­clist.

First aid-trained en­gi­neer Ms Parry, 56, said: “We saw a black mini SUV - it sud­denly swerved across the road and it ap­peared to knock a cy­clist off their bike, and the cy­clist was sort of be­ing car­ried along on the front of the ve­hi­cle across the road and then the black car hit an­other car - a sil­ver Vaux­hall - and it ap­peared to throw the cy­clist off.

“By the time we came across the road two peo­ple were help­ing this per­son in the road and it looked like they were ad­min­is­ter­ing first aid or just com­fort­ing them.” Po­lice at the scene in Lon­don, af­ter a car ploughed into peo­ple out­side the Nat­u­ral His­tory Mu­seum

VIC­TO­RIA JONES

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