London auto crash 'not terror-related', police say

Car mounts pavement outside London museum, according to reports

Eleven people were injured on Saturday when a auto collided with pedestrians near London's Natural History Museum, in one of the capital's busiest tourist areas, but police doused concerns it was a terrorist attack, saying it was a road traffic incident.

Detective Constable Darren Case, of the Metropolitan Police, said: "Because of where this collision occurred and the number of pedestrians involved, I fully appreciate the concern and alarm this incident caused".

There was pandemonium in on Saturday as vehicle driver rammed through a crowd of people outside the Natural History Museum in London's South Kensington.

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

"The majority of those injured have now been discharged, and there are no serious injuries", police said in a statement Sunday.

The fiance of singer Pixie Lott, Oliver Cheshire, was one of those who held down the driver of the vehicle involved in the incident.

Police are still appealing for witnesses to come forward and help them with their investigations.

More than 200 police personnel were also deployed to help to cordon off the area of the explosion, making it hard to access.




London's official terrorist threat level has been set at "severe", indicating an attack is highly likely.

"We are working with (the Met police) and will provide an update when we have more information".

The crash happened at 2.20pm on a day when the central London museum is usually teeming with pedestrians including global tourists.

The Natural History Museum is the fourth most popular tourist attraction in the United Kingdom, with 4.6 million visits during 2016, according to the Association of Leading Visitor Attractions.

The man is now under arrest and is under custody at a police station in North London.

Prime Minister Theresa May offered her thanks to the emergency services, adding: "My thoughts are with the injured".

The press release of the police also said that the London Ambulance Service has been called.

The Mirror is also reporting that nearby Tube stations, including South Kensington and Sloane Square have been evacuated. A spokeswoman for the London force said counter-terrorism officers were assessing the incident but had not yet reached a conclusion as to the circumstances.

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