Metropolitan Police say London Natural History Museum incident is not terror-related

Kristopher Drake
October 8, 2017

"A number of people have been injured", the London Metropolitan Police tweeted Saturday.

London authorities said 11 people were injured Saturday after a vehicle drove onto a sidewalk and into a crowd of pedestrians outside of the city's Natural History Museum.

London Ambulance Service said 11 people were treated for injuries.

'A man has been arrested at the scene.

"Police have asked people to avoid the area while their inquiries continue", he said.

Eleven people were injured, reported the ambulance services in the british capital.

Police have put the area on lockdown, with a large security presence in the area quickly after the incident.

British media reported a auto had mounted the sidewalk outside the tourist attraction.

A man has been arrested at the scene after several pedestrians were mowed down by a vehicle.

Car mounts pavement outside London museum, according to reports

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.

"All of these police came marching down saying, 'Move, move.' They said, 'you need to evacuate, '" she said.

Police said one man at the scene, thought to be the driver, was detained.

Metropolitan Police said they were called to Exhibition Road near the Natural History Museum just after 2.20pm.

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

Doctors are treating mostly leg and head injuries, but no-one's believed to be in a life-threatening condition.

"We heard a really big bang, then we saw people running", an eyewitness told London-based radio station LBC.

Downing Street had said that Prime Minister Theresa May was being kept up to date with developments. Nearby is the Science Museum and Victoria and Albert Museum, making South Kensington one of London's busiest tourist hubs.

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