Man arrested after auto crashes into United Kingdom parliament barrier

Man arrested after auto crashes into United Kingdom parliament barrier

A number of people were injured after a auto collided with security barriers outside London's Parliament building on Tuesday (Aug 14), police said.

Metropolitan Police have since tweeted to say that they do not believe that any of those injured are in a life-threatening position.

The male driver has been detained and police are investigating.

Streets around Parliament Square were blocked off as police vehicles swarmed the area, according to video posted on social media.

Armed police immediately surrounded the silver auto after it crashed at 7.37am (06:37 GMT), pointing guns at the driver as he was removed from the vehicle, according to footage posted on Twitter.

Scotland Yard said a man has been arrested.

A witness, Jason Williams, said no other vehicles were involved in the crash. Officers remain at the scene.

Another witness, Ewalina Ochab, told the Press Association: "I think it looked intentional - the auto drove at speed and towards the barriers". "We will issue further info when we have it", London's police force said in a statement on Twitter. I heard some noise and someone screamed.

"The person driving did not go out" of the vehicle, she added. "I turned around and I saw a silver auto driving very fast close to the railings, maybe even on the pavement", she said.

Westminster station is closed for entry and exit, Transport for London said, and is open only for interchange between lines.

Masood rammed his auto into a crowd on nearby Westminster Bridge, killing four people.

Khalid Masood was then shot dead by armed police in that same courtyard.