11 pedestrians hit near London museum; incident not terror-related, officials say

Car mounts pavement outside London museum, according to reports

Vehicle rams into crowd outside London museum, several injured, police say

A Metropolitan Police spokesperson said: "We are aware of an incident in Exhibition Road, South Kensington".

A vehicle struck pedestrians near London's Natural History Museum on Saturday, injuring a number of people, police said.

One shocked pedestrian wrote on Twitter: 'Just witnessed a auto drive into people in London.

Video footages from the site have floated on social media which showed a man held down on the ground by the police following the accident.

"Police have asked people to avoid the area while their inquiries continue", he said.

'It is believed that a number of pedestrians have been injured.

Officers had arrested a man at the scene and he was now being questioned.

Inmediaciones of the Natural History Museum #London Hombre reducido en el suelo antes de that llegue policĂ­a, no sabemos q pasa.

Reuters, however, quoted London Police as saying that they were keeping an "open mind" after the incident, contradicting an earlier comment ussed by the city's police force.

In London, a auto near Natural History Museum in Kensington district has been driven to a sidewalk and has captured several passers-by.

But in a later update, the Met said: "The incident is a road traffic investigation and not a terrorist-related incident".

According to reports, London Police have arrested a man from the scene.

Most of the injured suffered leg and head injuries.

"When I heard the crash I saw people running", he reported.

The terror threat level in the country is "severe", which means a terror attack is highly likely.

Crowds in the area, which is also home to the Victoria & Albert Museum and the Science Museum, fled screaming in panic, an AFP reporter said.

The collision raised concerns after a series of terror attacks this year in London involving vehicles ramming pedestrians.

Downing Street said that Prime Minister Theresa May is being kept up to date with developments.

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