Man released after London auto incident injured 11

Casey Dawson
October 10, 2017

The 47-year-old man concerned was arrested at the scene after hitting eleven people with his black Toyota Prius vehicle close to the #Natural History Museum in South Kensington, London.

This included the driver of the auto involved, who was arrested at the scene on suspicion of risky driving.

Eleven people were treated at the scene, mostly for leg and head injuries, with nine transported to a hospital, according to the London Ambulance Service.

No one is believed to have life-threatening or life-changing injuries, and the majority were discharged by late Saturday.

Police initially described the incident in the South Kensington area of west London as a collision and said the motive for the incident was under investigation.

"London Mayor Sadiq Khan also tweeted soon after the incident yesterday: "For Londoners and visitors planning to visit our excellent museums and attractions in the area, please be assured they will be open as usual tomorrow [Sunday]".

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Inquiries have established that this incident is not terrorist-related and I'd like to thank those who came to assist the injured. He went on to thank the other men who helped him to restrain the driver and also the police for arriving at the scene so quickly.

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

Video footage posted on Twitter showed a man being restrained on the ground by members of the public after the incident near the Natural History Museum (NHM) in South Kensington on Saturday afternoon. The man was released later in the day after he was questioned by police. "Then the guy was screaming", he told the paper.

A Downing Street spokesperson said British Prime Minister Theresa May is "being kept up to date on events".Reports suggest the black Toyota Prius which mounted the pavement was a licensed taxi cab. "My thoughts are with the injured".

In June, three men drove a van into pedestrians on London Bridge before going on a stabbing rampage at bars at nearby Borough Market.

In March, a man drove a vehicle into pedestrians on London's Westminster Bridge, killing four, before he stabbed a police officer to death in the grounds of Parliament building.

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