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Car mounts pavement outside London Natural History Museum, several injured

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Marta Holmes | 08 October, 2017, 00:49

On October 7, a auto mounted the pavement and struck pedestrians outside the Natural History Museum leaving 11 people injured.

While the injuries sustained are believed to be minor, the person believed to be responsible was seen pinned to the ground by police before being detained.

Nine were taken to hospital, including a man who was arrested at the scene.

In the month of March, Khalid Masood killed four people and left more than 50 injured in a similar fashion at Westminster Bridge.

The incident aroused bad memories among many people in London: Britain has already become target of a terrorist attack five times this year.

Witnesses at the scene where a auto crashed into pedestrians near the Natural History Museum in west London have described a chaotic situation.

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

Police later confirmed the collision was a road traffic accident and was not being treated as terror-related.

At a time of high tension in the United Kingdom capital, the incident is not being treated as terror-related, Metropolitan Police said, calling it a "road trafficinvestigation".

Eyewitnesses spoke of pedestrians fleeing in terror as the drama unfolded shortly after 2.20pm.

In a statement police said a number of pedestrians were believed to have been injured in the incident on Exhibition Road. A man was detained an now under arrest.

British media reported a vehicle had mounted the sidewalk outside the tourist attraction. "And it was busy, people were having to struggle to get out of there", the witness said. He says "It was quite scary".

"There's been a serious incident outside the Museum".

Mr Rowley is the head of United Kingdom counter-terrorism policing. A police forensics officer in blue coveralls took pictures of the crash site.

Emergency services outside the Natural History Museum in London.

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