Here’s what happened
A car has mounted a pavement injuring a “number” of people on Exhibition road, near to the Natural History Museum, Hundreds of terrified tourists fled.
— Politics Condensed (@PCondensed) October 7, 2017
A black Toyota Prius which is believed to be a registered minicab, drove into a sign before crashing into a crowd of up to 10 people as the minicab hit a silver car, witnesses have described.
Reports on the ground of a car being driven into people outside the Natural History Museum. All media free to use this video. pic.twitter.com/10ePBhqVMF
— Patrick Greenfield (@pgreenfielduk) October 7, 2017
Police were called at 2:21pm Saturday afternoon, to a collision at South Kensington, they are investigating the drivers motive, London ambulance are on scene treating people for minor injuries.
Police have blocked off the road right in front of the natural history museum towards south ken station pic.twitter.com/xqtk6Xa6lq
— Gina Duggan (@ginaduggan) October 7, 2017
Enamul Hoque, who was in a Chinese restaurant at the time, said: “All of a sudden all the clients in the restaurant hit the floor, and there were all these people running up Exhibition Road.
— Ellie Mackay (@EllieWorldwide) October 7, 2017
“All of a sudden a large gathering of policemen came up and asked people to leave the restaurant, leaving bags behind and things behind.
He added: “I was sitting by the window. My friend went to the bathroom at the time. It was really worrying. I was worried it might be crazy people in the area waiting to hurt other people.”
The Natural History Museum said on Twitter:
There’s been a serious incident outside the Museum. We are working w/ @metpoliceukand will provide an update when we have more information
— NaturalHistoryMuseum (@NHM_London) October 7, 2017
The Metropolitan Police said on Twitter:
— Metropolitan Police (@metpoliceuk) October 7, 2017
The Metropolitan Police said in a statement: “Police were called at 14:21 on Saturday, 7 October to reports of a collision in Exhibition Road, South Kensington. It is believed that a number of pedestrians have been injured. Officers are on scene, and the London Ambulance Service have been called.
“A man has been detained at the scene. Enquiries to establish the circumstances and motive are underway. If you have any information about this incident, please call 101.”
Transport for London said on Twitter: “A4 Cromwell Rd remains closed both ways btwn Thurloe Place & Queens Gate due to a serious incident on Exhibition Rd, seek alternative route.”
A4 Cromwell Rd remains closed both ways btwn Thurloe Place & Queens Gate due to a serious incident on Exhibition Rd, seek alternative route
— TfL Traffic News (@TfLTrafficNews) October 7, 2017
This person posted this video of a man being apprehended.
— MrsC (@ckaur13) October 7, 2017
Damian Hackett, who witnessed the aftermath, said to the BBC: “We have actually been moved away from the area now, in quite a hurry to be honest with you.
“When we have arrived there the incident had already taken place and the police were responding so they were milling about trying to get people away from the area.
— Fabio Dalo (@fabiodalo5) October 7, 2017
“They set up a cordon immediately we were standing there for a moment trying to figure out what do we do, what’s happening here. We didn’t know what was going on.
“And then police came more or less charging towards the crowd and everybody was just starting to get out of there now. We all legged it basically, there were tables knocked over at restaurants, people were screaming. It was quite a scene at that stage.
“I heard one policeman shouting “run and don’t stop running.”