Driver arrested after crashing into barrier at British Parliament

Driver arrested after crashing into barrier at British Parliament

Driver arrested after crashing into barrier at British Parliament

A man crashed his auto into security barriers outside Britain's Houses of Parliament during Tuesday morning's rush hour, injuring "a number of pedestrians", police said.

Eyewitnesses said the vehicle was travelling at high speed when it hit several pedestrians and cyclists, then crashed into barriers outside the Houses of Parliament.

Kent's MPs have reacted to a terror attack which saw a vehicle crash into the security barriers outside the Houses of Parliament earlier today.

The police are treating the crash, which happened around 2:40 a.m., EST, or 7:40 a.m. local time, as an act of terror.

Eyewitness Ewelina Ochab told The Associated Press that the crash appeared deliberate.

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Picture taken with permission from the Twitter feed of Ewelina U Ochab of the auto (right) which crashed into security barriers outside the Houses of Parliament. So I've just started to run and the police were saying "get out, get out of the area".

Westminster was the scene of a terror attack last year, when Khalid Masood, a 52-year-old British convert to Islam, drove a vehicle at pedestrians on a bridge over the River Thames, before fatally stabbing a policeman on guard outside Parliament.

London's mayor is urging residents and tourists to remain calm and vigilant following the latest terror attack in the city. Video from Sky News showed a man being detained.

A former Mayor of London says it would be "very said and troubling" if the incident in Westminster is confirmed to be a terrorist incident.

In October a year ago, 11 people were injured when a auto collided with pedestrians near London's Natural History Museum, raising fears of an attack, but police later said the incident was an accident.

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The Metropolitan Police stated that its Counter-Terrorism Command is leading the investigation.

"I was walking on the other side".

Firearms officers and at least two police dogs are stationed inside Parliament Square. He is being held at a south London police station. "I heard some noise and someone screamed", she said.

Two people were treated at the scene and taken to hospital for injuries that are not believed to be serious, according to the ambulance service.

Westminster Bridge is also closed and a long wait is expected before the roads reopen.

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