11 injured in car horror
BUT THIS TIME INCIDENT ISN’T TERROR-RELATED
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