Published: Thu, August 16, 2018
Worldwide | By Lisa Hogan

Driver arrested after crashing into barrier at British Parliament

Driver arrested after crashing into barrier at British Parliament

Westminster station has been closed for both entry and exit due to the security alert, Transport for London said.

Photos from the scene show a man in a puffy black jacket being surrounded by police, then led away from a silver Ford Fiesta. There is no ongoing chase.

-Pedestrians and cyclists have been injured but the exact number is not yet known. The AP reports that two people were hurt, and their injuries aren't life-threatening.

One man received treatment at the scene and two people were taken to hospital following the incident.

There was nobody else in the vehicle, which remains at the scene and is being searched, police said.

Police would not tell ABC News whether they are treating it as a terror incident at this point.

Footage on social media showed heavily armed police response units arriving at the scene, with the area outside the Parliament building in central London cordoned off. Parliament is not now in session.

No other details were immediately available, but Metropolitan Police said on Twitter that they will issue more information when they have it.

In March 2017, Khalid Masood, 52, killed four people on nearby Westminster Bridge and stabbed an unarmed police officer to death in the grounds of parliament before being shot dead. He was alone and no weapons were found in the auto.

Counterterrorism police are investigating, though authorities say they're keeping an "open mind" about the incident.

London Assistant Police Commissioner Neil Basu say the motorist who slammed into pedestrians and cyclists near Britain's Houses of Parliament was arrested on suspicion of terrorist offenses.

"I think it looked intentional - the vehicle drove at speed and towards the barriers".

The auto is said to have been driven at speed, and to have lifted off the ground when it hit the barriers. "I turned around and I saw a silver auto driving from the crossing - very fast and close to the railings, maybe even on the pavement", Ochab said.

-The whole of Parliament Square has been cordoned off and officers are asking the public to move away from the scene.

The incident evoked memories of terror incidents in London last year, including an attack at nearby Westminster Bridge in March in which 52-year-old Khalid Masood drove a vehicle onto the pavement, killing five people and injuring more 50 people.

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