Police investigating circumstances surrounding a car crash that injured 11 pedestrians Saturday in London initially suspected terrorism. Four hours later, they said it was an accident.
British emergency services raced to London’s Natural History Museum after a car struck pedestrians Saturday outside the building. Police said a number of people were injured and one person was detained at the scene.
The crash happened at 2:20 p.m. on a day when the central London museum is usually teeming with pedestrians, including international tourists.
Photographs showed a dented silver car and a man being pinned to the ground outside the museum. Witness Katie Craine said she was coming out of the museum when she saw a man in handcuffs pinned down by police near a damaged car.
She says “he looked really proud of himself … he was laughing.”
Many shops in the museum district were evacuated and the museum was shut down as police tried to determine if there was a threat to the public. Police originally investigated whether the incident was related to terrorism, but four hours later announced it was an accident.