London Parliament Car Crash: Several Injured As Man Crashes Car Into Barricade Outside Parliament
A man has been arrested after a car smashed into barriers outside London’s Parliament building Tuesday morning, a little after 7.30 am local time. Footage on social media showed heavily-armed police response units arriving at the scene, with the area outside the Parliament building in central London sealed off. Parliament is currently not sitting. The incident took place on the House of Lords end of Parliament and the driver reportedly crashed into a STOP sign.
In a statement issued, the Met Police said: “At 0737hrs today, a car was in collision with barriers outside the Houses of Parliament. The male driver of the car was detained by officers at the scene. A number of pedestrians have been injured. Officers remain at the scene. We will issue further info when we have it.”
Police have also pushed back media and bystanders putting in place an anti-terrorism cordon. Several streets in London’s Parliament square have been shut as has the Westminster tube station.
The BBC reported that injured pedestrians were being provided medical assistance at the site. "They are wrapped in silver blankets. One eyewitness, who declined to give his name, said he saw a small hatchback drive into a group of cyclists and then into the barrier outside the Palace of Westminster. The man said that the driver's action appeared deliberate," the BBC reported.
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Eyewitnesses said several pedestrians were injured but police officials don't believe anyone is in a life-threatening condition. United Kingdom news agencies reported that medical assistance was being provided to the injured at the site. Media and bystanders at the site were pushed back from the accident scene. A detailed statement from the police is awaited.