11 pedestrians hit near London museum; incident not terror-related, officials say

Natural History Museum

A vehicle crash that injured 11 people Saturday outside London's popular Natural History Museum was a traffic accident, not a terrorist attack, London police said.

This is the dramatic moment a man was pinned to the ground after a auto mounted a pavement and drove into pedestrians outside the Natural History Museum.

Was it terrorism? The Metropolitan Police initially said officers had been called to a "collision" in the area, and that a man had been detained.

"The man detained by officers is now under arrest and is in custody at a north London police station".

A spokesman later said the man had not been formally arrested, but had been detained. "And it was busy, people were having to struggle to get out of there", the witness said.

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Footage from the scene appeared to show a man being held on the ground by others.

Mark Ringwood from Emsworth was in the capital this afternoon when a auto ploughed into pedestrians near the Natural History Museum which has left 11 people injured.

"The man detained by officers is now under arrest and is in custody at a north London police station. Watching developments closely and thankful to our emergency services".

The incident occurred around 2 p.m.in an area popular with tourists because of a cluster of museums.

Nine were taken to hospital, including a man who was arrested at the scene. "When I heard the crash I looked out and saw people running then I saw two police officers take the man out of the vehicle and pin him to the ground". 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 auto. Police helicopters circled the scene overhead.

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More details are awaited.

Downing Street said the Prime Minister was being kept up-to-date on developments.

A Metropolitan Police spokesperson said the incident was not being treated as terrorism-related at this stage, Reuters reported.

One witness, identified only as Katy, told LBC London radio she had seen two people injured, including a young boy whose leg was hurt and a woman.

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