Police treat London crash as terrorist incident

LONDON –London’s Metropolitan Police say that they are treating the crash outside of Parliament as a terrorist incident.

Authorities said in a statement Tuesday that a man in his 20s was arrested on suspicion of terrorist offenses after the silver Ford Fiesta collided with a number of cyclists and pedestrians before crashing into the barriers during the morning rush hour.

He is in custody. No one else was in the car, which is being searched at the scene of the accident.

Two people were hurt, but authorities said none of the injuries were life-threatening.

 

The nearby Westminster underground station has been closed, according to Transport for London.

Eyewitness Ewelina U. Ochab told CNN she saw the incident take place from the other side of the pavement.

“I heard some noise, and someone screamed. I turned around and I saw a silver car driving from the crossing — very fast and close to the railings, maybe even on the pavement,” Ochab said.

“The car drove at speed… There was a loud bang from the collusion and a bit if smoke. The driver did not get out. The guards started creaming to people to move away. One elderly man rushed me to hide behind a monument, just in case.”

Jackie Laidley from London, works as a manager in the Cabinet office, and told CNN she couldn’t reach her place of work due to police cordons.

“We’re kind of stuck waiting to hear from our bosses what to do,” she said.

“We’ve had attacks over the years… You just thank your stars that you’re really not caught up in it. When you live in London in a big city anything like this can happen,” she added.

It’s currently unclear if the incident was terror-related.

Security measures in the area were reinforced after the Westminster Bridge attack in March 2017. Four people were killed in that incident when a 52-year-old British man, Khalid Masood, rammed a rental car onto the sidewalk on Westminster Bridge. Masood then stabbed an unarmed police officer.