Vehicle collides near Exhibition road in London, one person detained

Natural History Museum

Police said it was believed the auto had mounted the pavement outside the popular attraction in west London and collided with a number of pedestrians.

British police have ruled out terrorism after detaining a man whose vehicle struck a crowd of pedestrians in London on Saturday, leaving almost a dozen people injured.

Was it terrorism? The Metropolitan Police initially said officers had been called to a "collision" in the area, and that a man had been detained.

"A man has been detained at the scene".

"Inquiries to establish the circumstances and motive are under way".

McKenna said the service sent multiple resources including its hazardous response team to London's museum district.

Twitter users said the vehicle had mounted the footpath and rammed into the crowds, resulting in several people being injured.

A spokesman later said the man had not been formally arrested, but had been detained.

It said the arrested man was among nine people taken to hospital, while two others were treated at the scene.

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The collision brought the area to a standstill as police cordoned off a wide area whilst they carried out their investigation.

Marilin Mueller, 20, said she thought at first it was a traffic accident but had doubts when "loads of police cars" arrived.

"We are working with (the Met police) and will provide an update when we have more information".

Doctors are treating mostly leg and head injuries, but no-one's believed to be in a life-threatening condition.

Downing Street said that Prime Minister Theresa May is being kept up to date with developments.

The Natural History Museum closed after the crash but its neighbor, the famed Victoria and Albert Museum, remained open.

Britain is on its second-highest security alert level, with an attack by militants considered highly likely.

Eyewitnesses said that police rushed into each bar and restaurant in the area and told people to get out.

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