Eleven hurt after auto mounts pavement near London's Natural History Museum

Eleven hurt after auto mounts pavement near London's Natural History Museum

Eleven hurt after auto mounts pavement near London's Natural History Museum

London museums were at the center of an alert after a vehicle crash near the Natural History Museum, in which as many of 11 people were injured.

Police said the arrested man was among nine people who were taken to hospital to be treated for a range of head or leg injuries.

The incident which occurred at 2.20pm immediately sparked a full-scale security lockdown in the area but police later confirmed the collision was not terror-related.

Police had said previously that the factor for this incident was under investigation.

The Metropolitan Police said the man had been arrested at the scene and initially received hospital treatment.

A man was detained at the scene, police said.

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

Witnesses and footage posted on social media suggested the man was pinned down on the ground by passers-by in the busy tourist spot.

Video footage from the scene shows police guarding a cordon at the scene.

The concern sparked a substantial police response to the auto crash, with numerous ambulances sent to the scene along with a hazardous area response team. A spokeswoman for the London force said counter-terrorism officers were assessing the incident but had not yet reached a conclusion as to the circumstances.

Police had said earlier that the cause of the collision was under investigation.

Eleven people were hurt in the collision although none of their injuries are believed to be life threatening or life changing.

The current threat level in the U.K.is "severe"-the second highest classification, which indicates an attack is likely".

The incident took place in one of London's most popular tourist destinations.

The recent incident follows a number of attacks in which vehicles have been used to target pedestrians in London, including at London Bridge in June which claimed eight lives.

The suspect, identified as a 52-year-old British man named Khalid Masood, also stabbed an unarmed police officer.

Prime Minister Theresa May offered her thanks to the emergency services, adding: "My thoughts are with the injured".

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