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Car crash outside Natural History Museum not terror attack: London police

Last Updated Oct 7, 2017 at 11:00 am PDT

Ambulance personel push a woman on a stretcher at the scene of an incident in central London, Saturday, Oct. 7, 2017. London police say emergency services are outside the Natural History Museum in London after a car struck pedestrians. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth)

LONDON (NEWS 1130) — London police say a car crash that injured 11 people outside the Natural History Museum is a road traffic accident, not a terror attack.

Police made the statement Saturday afternoon nearly four hours after the car hit pedestrians in a crowded tourist area. One man was detained at the scene. He has not been charged.

The London Ambulance Service says nine people were hospitalized after the crash.

The crash happened at 2:20 p.m. on a day when the central London museum is usually teeming with pedestrians including international tourists. Photographs showed a dented silver car and a man being pinned to the ground outside the museum.

Shopkeepers in the immediate area were told to evacuate and police established a large security cordon around the area minutes after the incident.