Metropolitan Police confirm man arrested after crash near London's Natural History Museum

A man has been arrested at the scene after several pedestrians were mowed down by a vehicle

A man has been arrested at the scene after several pedestrians were mowed down by a vehicle

A taxi driver sparked a major terror alert when his auto ploughed into pedestrians in the heart of one of London's busiest tourist areas, leaving 11 people injured.

"Police have asked people to avoid the area while their inquiries continue", he said.

"We treated 11 patients, mostly for leg and head injuries, and took nine of them to hospital", Peter McKenna, deputy director of operations at the ambulance service, said.

A statement issued by the London Police said its officers were on the scene and that London Ambulance Service had been called.

In the month of March, Khalid Masood killed four people and left more than 50 injured in a similar fashion at Westminster Bridge.

Police said a man was arrested after the "collision" at 2.21 p.m. local time (BST) on Saturday, and there were fears it could have been the sixth terror attack on Britain this year.

The accident at 2:20 p.m. outside the popular Natural History Museum in the heart of central London brought a big police response, including helicopters and hazardous area response teams, because of terrorist concerns.

"A man has been detained at the scene".

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British media reported a auto had mounted the sidewalk outside the tourist attraction.

"They said, "you need to evacuate".

A Metropolitan Police spokesman said: "Whilst inquiries continue it is believed a auto mounted the pavement and collided with a number of pedestrians".

Dieon Rurora said people were running down the street to get away and some fell.

So far, police have not commented on what they believe the motive of the detained person to be - or confirmed whether the incident was intentional. He says "It was quite scary". Police are dealing with the incident'.

Minister for London Greg Hands said on Twitter: "Concerned at events at the Natural History 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.

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