Vehicle mounts pavement near London's Museum leaving several injured

Vehicle mounts pavement near London's Museum leaving several injured

Vehicle mounts pavement near London's Museum leaving several injured

A Metropolitan Police statement confirmed: "Whilst enquiries continue it is believed a vehicle mounted the pavement and collided with a number of pedestrians".

In a statement, London Mayor Sadiq Khan said he was in contact with Assistant Metropolitan Police Commissioner Mark Rowley. 11 total injuries have been reported at the scene, which was seen swarming with armed police in video and photos posted to social media, as ambulances rushed in and helicopters circled overhead.

Scotland Yard said a man has been detained following the incident - which has been described as a traffic incident by the Metropolitan police. "Inquiries to establish the circumstances and motive are under way", police said.

Later that month, a van plowed into pedestrians near a mosque in north London, killing one man and injuring 11 people.

Police said a man has been detained in connection with the incident and the cause was under investigation.

The Natural History Museum is the fourth most popular tourist attraction in the United Kingdom, boasting as estimated 4.6 million visist during 2016, according to the Association of /leading Visitor Attractions.

The police said the extent of the injuries suffered by the pedestrians is unclear.

Natural History Museum crash
GettyPolice said it was a road traffic collision not terrorism

The area of South Kensington in which the collision occurred is home to a number of museums, including the Natural History and Science Museum.

Police in the United Kingdom capital say they are not treating the incident as terrorism-related.

Downing Street confirmed Theresa May was being kept updated about the incident - which saw multiple Tube stations shut as police investigated.

Nine were taken to hospital, including a man who was arrested at the scene.

BBC reporter Chloe Hayward said she was leaving the museum as the incident happened.

The large, coordinated police response to traffic accident reflects the high level of threats Britain has faced this year, including a spate of lethal attacks on London and Manchester, two of which involved vehicles hitting pedestrians.

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