outbrain
Close  

Pedestrians injured in crash outside Parliament in London

/ 05:31 PM August 14, 2018
Cops on patrol in London

Police patrol on Millbank in central London after a car crashed into security barriers outside the Houses of Parliament, in London, Tuesday, Aug. 14, 2018. London police say that a car has crashed into barriers outside the Houses of Parliament and that there are a number of injured. (Photo by SAM LISTER / PA via AP)

LONDON — Police shut down the area around Parliament on Tuesday after witnesses said a motorist deliberately crashed into pedestrians and cyclists during the morning commute, heightening tensions in a city that has seen four vehicle-based terror attacks in less than 18 months.

Armed police swooped into the area and cordoned off streets surrounding the heart of Britain’s government. Police appealed to the public to stay away, and the Westminster Tube station was closed.

ADVERTISEMENT

Eyewitness Ewelina Ochab told The Associated Press that the crash appeared deliberate.

“The car drove at speed into the barriers outside the House of Lords. There was a loud bang from the collusion and a bit of smoke,” she said. “The driver did not get out. The guards started screaming to people to move away.”

FEATURED STORIES

The area was the site of a terror attack in March 2017 when Khalid Masood ploughed a car into crowds on Westminster Bridge, killing four people. Masood abandoned his car and then stabbed and killed a police officer before being shot dead in a courtyard outside Parliament.

In Tuesday’s incident, the car slammed into barriers that had been extended following the Westminster Bridge attack. Video from Sky News showed a man being detained.

London’s Metropolitan Police say that the Counter-Terrorism Command is leading the investigation. Though a number of people were injured in Tuesday’s incident, none are in life-threatening condition.

The police force says it is keeping an open mind about the incident. /atm

Read Next
EDITORS' PICK
MOST READ
Don't miss out on the latest news and information.
View comments

Subscribe to INQUIRER PLUS to get access to The Philippine Daily Inquirer & other 70+ titles, share up to 5 gadgets, listen to the news, download as early as 4am & share articles on social media. Call 896 6000.

TAGS: deliberate vehicular crash in London, London vehicle attack
For feedback, complaints, or inquiries, contact us.


© Copyright 1997-2020 INQUIRER.net | All Rights Reserved

We use cookies to ensure you get the best experience on our website. By continuing, you are agreeing to our use of cookies. To find out more, please click this link.