British emergency services raced to London’s Natural History Museum after a cab driver plowed into pedestrians on sidewalk outside the building leaving 11 people injured. A photo shared on social media shows a man being restrained by four people. Police first ruled out terror before later reversing their position and saying they were “keeping an open mind.”
Toronto Sun Police said a number of people were injured and one person was detained at the scene. The crash happened at 2:20 p.m. on a day when the central London museum is usually teeming with pedestrians, including international tourists.
Photographs showed a dented silver car and a man being pinned to the ground outside the museum. 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 car.
“He looked really proud of himself,” she said. “He was laughing.”
British officials, however, have not classified the incident as a terrorist act. “From what we’ve seen in the methodology of other attacks I wouldn’t rule it out, but we just don’t have enough information on the ground to determine that at this point,” said a British security official who spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to speak about the investigation.
UK Daily Mail Hundreds of terrified tourists fled the scene as the black Toyota Prius – a registered minicab – careered into a sign before injuring eleven people. Dramatic video footage shows terrified people running in fear amid concerns it was a terrorist attack.
Surrounding museums and buildings were evacuated by police.
Witnesses described hearing a ‘loud bang’ before seeing around people springing out of the way of the car. A young boy, described as being around eight, and a woman were among those to be hit. In one video from the scene, a woman is so desperate to scramble away she can be seen falling to the floor and hitting the pavement.
Another witness said: ‘I heard tyres screeching and a lot of screaming then a massive smash which was the driver hitting a sign and the glass falling. He then swerved and went smashing into the silver car on the other side of the road.’
The suspected driver of the car could be seen being held down onto the pavement by a group of civilians before the police arrived.
Eleven people were found at the scene with varying injuries and nine of them have been taken to hospital, and this includes the man that was detained by police. Their injuries are not believed to be life-threatening.
The man detained by officers is currently under arrest and is in custody at a north London police station.
Banker Greg King, who was walking with his friend Georgie Sheard in the area, claims he was the first person to call the police after nearly being hit by the vehicle. The 22-year-old told MailOnline:
‘A black Toyota went ploughing straight towards us and the crowd. I heard tires screeching and a lot of screaming and then a massive smash which was him hitting a sign and the glass falling. ‘He then swerved and went smashing into the silver car on the other side of the road which stopped him.
‘People were sprinting in all directions and then it looked like a security guard from the museum and two members of the public were pinning him down. ‘He had blood in his mouth so I assume they smashed him down on the ground.
Scotland Yard said they were keeping an open mind as to whether the incident was terror-related with a Government source saying it is ‘looking like a traffic incident’.
UK Express One witness said she had heard unconfirmed reports of “someone with a knife”. This has not been confirmed by police. Another witness said the scene was “scary” and “concerning”.