Po­lice: Lon­don crash not ter­ror

Author­i­ties say 11 peo­ple in­jured in traf­fic ac­ci­dent

Houston Chronicle Sunday - - WORLD -

LON­DON — A car crash that in­jured 11 peo­ple out­side a ma­jor Lon­don tourist at­trac­tion Satur­day sparked fears of a ter­ror­ist at­tack but turned out to be sim­ply a traf­fic ac­ci­dent, Lon­don po­lice said.

The ac­ci­dent at 2:20 p.m. out­side the pop­u­lar Nat­u­ral His­tory Mu­seum in the heart of cen­tral Lon­don brought a gi­gan­tic po­lice re­sponse, in­clud­ing he­li­copters and haz­ardous area re­sponse teams, be­cause of ter­ror­ist con­cerns.

Po­lice said 11 peo­ple were in­jured when a car ap­par­ently mounted the pave­ment and hit pedes­tri­ans.

Nine peo­ple were hos­pi­tal­ized with head and leg in­juries that were not judged to be life-chang­ing.

Pan­icky scenes en­sued af­ter the pedes­tri­ans were struck and it took nearly four hours for po­lice to re­as­sure the anx­ious pub­lic that it was not an­other ter­ror­ist at­tack.

Po­lice said one man at the scene, thought to be the driver, was de­tained. He has not been charged or iden­ti­fied.

The Nat­u­ral His­tory Mu­seum closed af­ter the crash but its neigh­bor, the famed Vic­to­ria and Al­bert Mu­seum, re­mained open.

Bri­tish Prime Min­is­ter Theresa May thanked the first re­spon­ders and the pub­lic for their help and said her thoughts were with the in­jured.

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