Car strikes, in­jures 11 pedes­tri­ans in Lon­don

The Washington Post Sunday - - THE WORLD -

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.

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