Driver detained after pedestrians injured outside London's Natural History Museum

Angelica Greene
October 8, 2017

A man was detained after 11 people were injured on Saturday in a collision with a vehicle near London's Natural History Museum in one of the capital's busiest tourist areas, but police ruled out terrorism.

Cops issued this statement: "Police were called at 2.21pm on Saturday, October 7 to reports of a collision in Exhibition Road, South Kensington".

SEVERAL people are injured and a taxi driver has been detained after a auto rammed into crowds outside London's Natural History Museum.

London Ambulance confirmed that 11 patients were treated for leg and head injuries at the scene, with nine taken to hospital.

He said he was first alerted to what was happening when police cars arrived at the scene.

Witnesses said a blood-soaked man was pinned to the ground and was "laughing" as he was detained.

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A spokesman for the museum said there had been a vehicle collision with pedestrians outside its entrance on Exhibition Road. The area was cordoned off by heavily armed police, according to video posted on social media. "Watching developments closely and thankful to our emergency services".

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

Merilin Mueller, who works in a nearby cafe said police made her evacuate. Ambulances were also being lifted and helicopters were circling in air. 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 vehicle. Many are believed to be injured in the incident but an official statement on this is awaited.

Downing Street said British Prime Minister Theresa May was being briefed on the incident.

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.

Here's all the info on the landmark - where it is, when it was opened and what happened in the traffic incident which saw multiple people injured by a taxi? As British news channel BBC, citing a reporter on ground, reports that pedestrian injuries are not serious.

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