Vehicle rams into crowd outside London museum, several injured, police say

Katrina Barker
October 9, 2017

Damian Hackett was near Exhibition Road when a vehicle hit pedestrians outside the Natural History Museum in London's South Kensington.

Authorities determined that the incident was a "road-traffic collision" after four hours of investigation.

Witness Katie Craine said she was coming out of the museum when she saw a man in handcuffs pinned down by police near a damaged vehicle. A man was detained at the scene and the accident is being investigated.

The Metropolitan Police reported that officers were called at 2.21pm to a collision in Exhibition Road, South Kensington.

"Inquiries to establish the circumstances and motive are underway", London Police said. The area was cordoned off by heavily armed police, according to video posted on social media. The injuries are not considered life-threatening, police said.

It was similar to attacks on pedestrians on London Bridge in June and Westminster Bridge in March, in which Islamic terrorists killed a number of people walking near popular tourist locations by intentionally driving vehicles onto the footpath.

"What we have seen is an incredibly rapid police response", he said.

The BBC's Chloe Hayward emerged from Natural history Museum immediately after the incident.

"We treated 11 patients, mostly for leg and head injuries, and took nine of them to hospital", said Peter McKenna, deputy director of operations for the London Ambulance Service.

But police are reportedly not treating the incident on Saturday as terrorist-related, even after a series of vehicle attacks on popular tourist sites in the United Kingdom capital.

The incident caused concern due to a recent string of terror attacks involving auto collisions by Islamic State (ISIS) linked terrorists across Europe.

Downing Street said the Prime Minister was being kept up-to-date on developments.

Britain has been on a "severe" terrorist threat level indicating that the Joint Terrorism Analysis Center believes an attack is viewed as highly likely.

Police say the collision is not terror related.

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