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London car incident not terrorism-related: Police

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Updated: 07:41 GMT, Oct 8, 2017 | Published: 04:02 GMT, Oct 8, 2017 |
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British police ruled out terrorism about four hours after a car crashed into pedestrians, injuring 11 people, outside the Natural History Museum of London on Saturday.

One person was arrested after the collision outside the museum, according to the local Metropolitan Police.

According to police, the collision is being investigated as a traffic incident and not a terrorist-related incident. Police were called at about 14:20 after receiving reports of a collision at Exhibition Road in South Kensington outside the Natural History Museum.

Eleven people at the scene were found with various injuries and nine of them have been sent to the hospital with head and leg injuries, including the man that was detained by police.

Video footage shows debris from the collision strewn across the street and a large police presence at the capital’s museum district, on a road between the Natural History Museum and the Victoria and Albert Museum.

A Spanish man, named Louis, who works in a restaurant in the Victoria and Albert Museum said that he was at work when the collision happened, but he came outside to see what happened.

“At the moment, I am working at the Victoria and Albert Museum. I am a staff member from the restaurant, so when it happened outside, I hear some friends who work inside the museum and said something happened outside, but I didn’t know what happened. So I tried to look up something on the website, the BBC, and I saw there was something about terrorists or maybe collision, so that’s why I came here and see what happened here,” said Louis.

The incident follows a number of terror attacks in London this year in which vehicles have been used to target pedestrians.

On March 22, a terrorist drove a car into pedestrians on Westminster Bridge, killing four people and injuring more than 50 before he was killed by an armed officer outside the Houses of Parliament.

On July 3, terrorists killed eight people and injured another 48 after using a van to drive into crowds at London Bridge before jumping out and stabbing customers in bars and restaurants.

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