Vehicle hits pedestrians near London's Natural History Museum

Natural History Museum

A minicab driver sparked a major terror alert when his vehicle ploughed into pedestrians in the heart of one of London's busiest tourist areas, leaving 11 people injured.

Police have launched an inquiry to trace the motive behind the incident.

Metropolitan Police said they would release more information throughout the day.

"A man has been detained at the scene".

London Metropolitan Police at first said the man had been arrested, but they clarified to say he had been "detained".

"We sent multiple resources to the scene, including our hazardous area response team, ambulance crews, paramedics in fast response cars and incident response officers", Peter McKenna, deputy director of operations, said in a statement.

Deputy Director of Operations Peter McKenna said Saturday that nine of the injured were taken to the hospital for treatment, most with leg and head injuries.

Armed police are now at the scene outside the Natural History Museum in South Kensington.

A Downing Street spokesman said the prime minister was "being kept up to date on events".

The area was cordoned off Saturday by heavily armed police, according to video posted on social media.

The auto believed to have been involved in the incident was lying diagonally across the road, jammed between two other vehicles.

United Kingdom police say collision outside popular museum was not "terror-related" but was being treated as road traffic accident.

A vehicle crash that injured 11 people outside a major London tourist attraction Saturday sparked fears of a terrorist attack but turned out to be simply a traffic accident, London police said.

"They said, "you need to evacuate". "And it was busy, people were having to struggle to get out of there", the witness said.

"It was quite scary", he said.

Police officers stand guard after the incident.

"There's been a serious incident outside the Museum".

"Details are emerging and I have spoken with and am in close contact with Assistant Met Commissioner Mark Rowley and our other emergency services".

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