Parliament Square crash: pedestrians injured as vehicle hits barriers

Elias Hubbard
August 14, 2018

Multiple people have been injured after a auto crashed into security barriers at the British Houses of Parliament in Westminster, London. There is no ongoing chase.

A number of pedestrians, including a cyclist, have been injured. There was no update provided on the people's conditions.

Video showed the driver being dragged out of his vehicle by a number of police officers.

According to Vincent McAviney, the police radio reported the incident would be treated as "counter-terror".

Journalists in the area say the crash "looked intentional" and that the vehicle was driven into the security barrier "at speed".

Eyewitnesses reported seeing the man led away by police on foot at gunpoint after he was pulled from the vehicle.

The scene has been cordoned off, with the cordon widening as more police, including counter terrorism officers, arrive on the scene.

Video shows smoke coming from the bonnet of the vehicle and police officers urging people to leave the scene and find alternative routes.

She said: "I think it looked intentional - the vehicle drove at speed and towards the barriers". I heard some noise and someone screamed. "I turned around and I saw a silver auto driving very fast close to the railings, maybe even on the pavement".

Witness Jason Williams told Sky News he had seen "a man driving at speed into the bollard and the police have taken their time to go in".

"Straight away I thought "Oh no, this is another terrorist attack". We will issue further info when we have it", London's police force said in a statement on Twitter. So I don't know why someone would drive into the barrier. A number of pedestrians have been injured.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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