London police arrest man after auto hits, injures pedestrians near museum

Jon Howard
October 8, 2017

At least 11 people were injured Saturday when a auto jumped the pavement and hit pedestrians near London's Natural History Museum, London's Metropolitan Police said.

Several people were injured in the incident, which took place just after 2:40 p.m. local time (1340 UTC) on Saturday.

An NHM spokeswoman said: "A vehicle has collided with pedestrians near the Natural History Museum entrance at Exhibition Road".

"Eleven people were found at the scene with varying injuries and nine of them have been taken to hospital, and this includes the man who was detained by police".

A BBC report from the scene has said that some witnesses believed they heard gunfire, and that armed police had now arrived to the scene. None were in a life-threatening condition.

The Natural History Museum is in the bustling section of South Kensington, popular with both Londoners and tourists.

In addition, the London Underground has been temporarily closed between Embankment and South Kensington.

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Video footage posted on Twitter showed the man being restrained on the ground by members of the public.

A senior government security source reportedly said the driver of the auto blacked out, Tim Shipman, The Sunday Times political editor said on Twitter. An AFP reporter said crowds in the area had fled screaming in panic.

Shopkeepers in the immediate area were told to evacuate and police established a large security cordon around the area minutes after the incident, closing some roads.

London's official terrorist threat level has been set at "severe", indicating an attack is highly likely. "My thoughts are with those injured and our thanks to the emergency services".

London Police said that a auto has been involved in a collision near the Natural History Museum, and one person has been arrested following the accident.

One witness, identified only as Katy, told LBC London radio she had seen two people injured, including a young boy whose leg was hurt and a woman.

"Then there were loads of police cars and that's when all of these police came marching down saying, "move, move". Police had said earlier that the cause of the collision was under investigation.

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