Car hits pedestrians outside London Museum leaving 11 injured

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Associated Press

London police say a car crash that injured 11 people outside the Natural History Museum is a road traffic accident, not a terror attack.

Britain's Police and a forensic investigator at the scene of an incident in central London, Saturday, Oct. 7, 2017. London police say emergency services are outside the Natural History Museum in London after a car struck pedestrians. (AP Photo/Alastair Grant)

Britain's Police and a forensic investigator at the scene of the incident in central London.

Source: Associated Press

Police made the statement Saturday afternoon (local time) nearly four hours after the car hit pedestrians in a crowded tourist area.

Photographs showed a dented silver car and a man being pinned to the ground outside the museum. It was not immediately clear if he was pinned down by police or others at the scene.

One man was detained at the scene. He has not been charged.

The London Ambulance Service says nine people were hospitalised after the crash.

Shopkeepers in the immediate area were told to evacuate and police established a large security cordon around the area minutes after the incident.

Police said they are working to establish the circumstances of the crash and more details would be released later.

The Natural History Museum tweeted that there had been a "serious incident" outside the museum, which is located near the world famous Victoria and Albert Museum and other attractions.

Downing Street said British Prime Minister Theresa May was being briefed on the incident.

Britain has been on a "severe" terrorist threat level and a massive police response followed the traffic incident..

There have been a series of terror attacks on London and Manchester this year, including vehicle attacks on pedestrians at Westminster Bridge and London Bridge.

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