London Museum Alert After Car Crash Injuries, "Not Terror Related"

Natural History Museum

London Metropolitan Police reported said on Sunday that a 47-year-old man arrested on suspicion of unsafe driving after his vehicle hit and injured a number of people on a pavement has been "released under investigation".

Police described the incident in the South Kensington area of west London as a collision and said it was not being treated as a terrorism-related incident.

Several pedestrians were injured when a vehicle mounted the sidewalk outside the Natural History Museum, with the loud sounds of the collision sending hundreds of people running for cover. Nine people were hospitalized with head and leg injuries that were not judged to be life-changing.

"The majority of those injured have now been discharged, and there are no serious injuries", police said in a statement Sunday. One person has been arrested at the scene of the incident, a press release by the London Police said without elaborating on further details. Now the police are investigating this event.

More than 200 police personnel were also deployed to help to cordon off the area of the explosion, making it hard to access.

The area is one of London's busiest tourism spots with the Science Museum also housed close by.

The current terror threat in the United Kingdom is at "severe" - the second highest level - meaning an attack is highly likely.




Metropolitan Police said they would release more information throughout the day.

The Ambulance Service also immediately responded to the call.

It is reported that the incident detained the man, but police stressed that it has not yet been arrested - he was conversing with officers.

Metropolitan Police confirmed a man has been detained after the incident around 2.30pm.

UK Prime Minister Theresa May was being updated on the incident, her office informed. "My thoughts are with those injured and our thanks to the emergency services".

The auto ran into other vehicles and a large concrete barrier of the sort installed widely across central London after terrorist attacks on Westminster Bridge, Borough Market and The Mall where vehicles have driven into crowds.

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