Man detained, multiple injuries after vehicle runs into crowd near London museum

Man detained, multiple injuries after vehicle runs into crowd near London museum

Eleven people were injured on Saturday when a vehicle mounted the pavement and ploughed into pedestrians near London's Natural History Museum, leading to the driver's arrest, although officials ruled out a terrorist link.

Metropolitan Police said "the accident in the West London's South Kensington area is a collision and the incident is under investigation".

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

A man was detained in London around 2:20 p.m. Saturday after a vehicle collided with pedestrians near the Natural History Museum in the city's section of South Kensington.

Police said the arrested man was among nine people who were taken to hospital to be treated for a range of head or leg injuries.

DC Darren Case from the force's roads and transport team, said he appreciated "the concern and alarm this incident caused".

The museum was evacuated and the area was cordoned off with police tape, while reports said there were helicopters above and emergency services at the scene.

The area is one of London's busiest tourism spots with the Science Museum also housed close by.




Britain is on its second-highest security alert level, with an attack by militants considered highly likely.

The Natural History Museum is the fourth most popular tourist attraction in the United Kingdom, boasting as estimated 4.6 million visist during 2016, according to the Association of /leading Visitor Attractions.

In footage shared on social media, police officers could be seen pinning a man on the ground in the aftermath of the incident.

The Met Police have also clarified that they have detained the man at the scene, rather than arrested.

"If you have any information about this incident, please call 101".

Armed police officers stand on duty following an incident at the junction of Exhibition Road, London on October 7, 2017.

A witness said a nearby Tube station was closed.

A Downing Street spokesperson said British Prime Minister Theresa May is "being kept up to date on events".

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