Natural History Museum of London: Several injured after car ‘mounts pavement’ and hits pedestrians in South Kensington
Car hits pedestrians near London’s Natural History Museum. Several people have been injured after a car mounted the pavement and ploughed into pedestrians in London’s museum district. Scotland Yard said a number of pedestrians had been hurt during the incident in South Kensington on Saturday.
Met Police were called to reports of a collision at 2.20pm outside the Natural History Museum in Exhibition Road. Police said a number of people were injured and one person was detained at the scene. BBC News reports at least one person was taken away in an ambulance.
A man was arrested at the scene, police said. A Met police spokesperson tells CBS News that officials don’t know yet whether the incident was related to terrorism.
London Mayor Sadiq Khan said he was in contact with police and emergency officials. He says „details are still emerging” about the incident.
Video captured on the scene showed a man on the ground being detained. It was not immediately clear if he was pinned down by police or others at the scene.
Witness Katie Craine said she was coming out of the museum when she saw a man in handcuffs being pinned down on the ground by police near a damaged car.
„He looked really proud of himself,” she told the Associated Press. „He was laughing.”
The crash happened at 2:20 p.m. on a day when the central London museum is usually teeming with pedestrians, including international tourists.
A witness told BBC News that there were „tables knocked over at restaurants. People were screaming. And it was quite a scene at that stage.”
„Panic rippled across the crowd. And it was busy, people were having to struggle to get out of there,” the witness said.
BBC reporter Chloe Hayward said she was leaving the museum as the incident happened.