London museum crash: terror panic as car hits tourists

London museum crash: terror panic as car hits tourists

Several pedestrians were injured when a auto mounted the sidewalk outside the Natural History Museum, with the loud sounds of the collision sending hundreds of people running for cover.

Heavy police security has been deployed in the area and ambulances have reached to cater to the injured.

The incident has been confirmed by the police as a road accident which is not "terror-related".A man has been detained by the police.

London's ambulance service said in a statement they treated 11 people, including the driver.

The Met said none of the injuries were believed to be life-threatening or life changing.

A man was pictured being held down by passers-by and police said they had detained a man.

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

The crash happened at 2:20 p.m. on a day when the central London museum is usually teeming with pedestrians, including worldwide tourists.

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A man has been arrested following the collision in South Kensington around 2.20pm, police say. Two men got out of one vehicle and took one man from the other.

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn tweeted: "Very concerning reports from outside the Natural History Museum".

Nearby museums have been evacuated and the roads around the area have been closed, according to reports. "We are working w/ @metpoliceuk and will provide an update when we have more information".

A BBC reporter at the scene said she could see a auto diagonally across the road surrounded by a crowd of people with one or two on the ground.

"Suddenly a police woman officer shouted at the crowd to run, and everybody flew in panic, many people screaming", a witness told news agency AFP.

Britain's official terrorist threat level is set at "severe" indicating an attack is judged to be highly likely. There have been five attacks described by the authorities as terrorism this year, three involving vehicles.

British Prime Minister Theresa May tweeted her thanks to first responders and members of the public, adding: "My thoughts are with the injured".