First picture of 'car that crashed into pedestrians' at Natural History Museum

Natural History Museum

A man was detained in London around 2:20 p.m. Saturday after a vehicle collided with pedestrians near the Natural History Museum in the city's section of South Kensington.

A Natural History Museum spokeswoman told the Press Association: "A vehicle has collided with pedestrians near the Natural History Museum entrance at Exhibition Road". The area was cordoned off by heavily armed police, according to video posted on social media.

The London Ambulance Service says most of the 11 people injured have leg and head injuries.

"11 people were found at the scene with varying injuries and nine of them have been taken to hospital, and this includes the man that was detained by police".

A man has been detained but not formally arrested, the police said.

Both have since been determined to be unrelated to terrorism, but caused worry in the English capital, where there's heightened sensitivity following a number of recent terror attacks.

A man held after a auto struck pedestrians outside a London museum on Saturday has been released, while remaining under investigation. "Inquiries to establish the circumstances and motive are under way", the Met Police added in a Tweet. A man was detained an now under arrest.

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

The Natural History Museum - the fourth most popular tourist attraction in the United Kingdom, according to industry figures - tweeted after the incident that it was still open for visitors.

The Natural History Museum said on Twitter: "There's been a serious incident outside the Museum".

Lesley Carter said passersby held the man down before police arrived.

The South Kensington tube station has been temporarily shut down in the aftermath.

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

British Prime Minister Theresa May thanked the first responders and the public for their help and said her thoughts were with the injured.



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