Car strikes, injures 11 pedestrians in London
Eleven people were injured on Saturday when they were hit by a car on the sidewalk near London’s Natural History Museum, in one of the capital’s busiest tourist areas. Police quelled concerns that it was a terrorist attack, saying it was a traffic incident.
Police said it appeared that the car had run up on the sidewalk outside the popular attraction in west London and hit a number of pedestrians. Officers arrested a man at the scene, and he was being questioned on suspicion of dangerous driving after being taken to a hospital for treatment.
Britain has suffered five attacks this year blamed on terrorism, three of which involved vehicles, and the incident in an area packed with tourists on a weekend day prompted concerns that it had been a deliberate act.
“The incident is a road traffic investigation and not a terroristrelated incident,” a police statement said.
London’s ambulance service said it had treated 11 people, mostly for head and leg injuries, with nine taken to the hospital. Police said none of the injuries were life-threatening.