Eleven people were injured on Saturday when a car plowed into a crowd of pedestrians near London’s Natural History Museum in one of the city’s most trafficked tourist destination, but police have described the incident as an accident and not a terrorist attack.
“The incident is a road traffic investigation and not a terrorist-related incident,” Metropolitan police said in a statement.
According to police, the car jumped a curb outside the museum before colliding with numerous pedestrians, eleven of whom were treated by first responders for mostly head and leg injuries. Nine of the victims were taken to nearby hospitals for treatment, with none of the injures described as life-threatening or life-changing, Reuters reported.
A man was arrested at the scene of the incident and is currently being questioned, but no details about the driver have yet surfaced. Footage showing a man being pinned to the ground by multiple security guards or police officers has circulated but remains unverified.
In a statement, British Prime Minister Theresa May thanked authorities for their swift response and expressed sympathies for the victims.
“My thanks to the first responders at this incident this afternoon and the actions of members of the public,” she said. “My thoughts are with the injured.”
There have been five terrorist attacks in the United Kingdom in 2017 so far, three of which involved vehicles. Initial reports described fears that the incident outside the museum might have ties to terrorism, especially since the country is on its second highest security alert level.
Five people were killed in March when a man drove a car into a crowd of pedestrians on London’s Westminster bridge before jumping out and stabbing a police officer to death. Eight were killed in June when three Islamist militants ran down pedestrians on London Bridge before embarking on a stabbing spree in nearby restaurants and bars.