A car crashed into the barriers outside Britain’s Parliament today, leaving several pedestrians injured. Police said the driver is arrested and that the counter-terrorism unit is leading the investigation.
An eyewitness said the car was travelling westbound past the Houses of Parliament when it swerved into eastbound traffic. Images posted to social media showed a man in handcuffs being led away from the car by officers after the crash.
British television showed armed police surrounding a white or silver saloon car that had hit heavy barriers outside St. Stephen’s Gate, the main public entrance to Parliament. Its bonnet was crumpled and its airbags had been deployed.
The London Ambulance Service said it treated two people at the scene for injuries “that are not believed to be serious.” Both have been taken to the hospital, the service said on Twitter.
Parliament is in recess, and few lawmakers are likely to have been in the building, especially just after 7:30 a.m. when the incident took place. Police said they have shut Westminster subway station and cleared out hundreds of commuters.
Still, other entrances to the building were reopened, indicating it wasn’t being put into a full lock-down.
The building is one of the world’s major terrorist targets. In March 2017, a man drove a car through pedestrians on Westminster Bridge, before crashing into the railings and running in through the gates. He killed four pedestrians and a policeman before he was shot dead.
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