Sunday 22 October 2017

Police release driver in probe into London crash

A man is restrained alongside crashed vehicles after the incident in South Kensington, London, on Saturday afternoon. Photo: Getty Images
A man is restrained alongside crashed vehicles after the incident in South Kensington, London, on Saturday afternoon. Photo: Getty Images

Gregory Katz

Police are still investigating a man arrested on suspicion of dangerous driving after a bizarre car crash injured 11 people outside London's Natural History Museum.

The 47-year-old driver, who has not been charged or identified, was released yesterday pending further police inquiries.

London's "museum row" was open for business as usual yesterday, one day after pandemonium broke out after a car struck pedestrians, sparking fears of a new terror attack.

The crash on Saturday afternoon on Exhibition Road was initially feared to be similar to incidents earlier this year when extremists in vehicles struck pedestrians on Westminster Bridge and on London Bridge.

The March attack on Westminster Bridge and parliament and the London Bridge attack in June claimed more than a dozen lives and wounded many more. New barriers have been placed on most major bridges to deter future vehicle assaults.

The concern that a similar attack was in progress outside the Natural History Museum sparked a substantial police response to the car crash, with numerous ambulances sent to the scene along with a hazardous area response team. Shops were evacuated as a precaution and police helicopters buzzed overhead.

Police said after several hours of investigation that it was a road traffic collision unrelated to terrorism.

None of the victims' head and leg injuries turned out to be serious and most of the nine people who had been hospitalised have been discharged.

Irish Independent

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