On Tuesday, a car hit the gates of Westminster Palace in London, causing several injuries among pedestrians. The driver was arrested.
The reasons for this tragedy are still unknown. This Tuesday 14th August, around 7.30am local time (8.30am in France), a car has struck the gates of the Palace of Westminster, the British Parliament in London. The vehicle caused “several injuries” among pedestrians, police said.
At 0737hrs today, a car was in collision with barriers outside the Houses of Parliament. The male driver of the car was detained by officers at the scene. A number of pedestrians have been injured. Officers remain at the scene. We will issue further info when we have it.
— Metropolitan Police (@metpoliceuk) 14 August 2018
In the wake, the police intervened and called the driver, a man. An investigation was initiated to determine the circumstances and reasons for this accident.
Breaking: Big armed police response to car which has cashed into Parliament barriers we are now being moved back pic.twitter.com/rYAqExq6rn
— Vincent McAviney (@VinnyMcAv) 14 August 2018
Heavily armed police
Images on social media show heavily armed police surrounding the gray vehicle, whose driver was later taken out and taken away, handcuffed, while the streets around Westminster’s Parliament were closed.
BREAKING: There has been an incident outside of Westminster. Police are urgently clearing the area. More updates to follow. pic.twitter.com/mnKUVI7Npn
— Good Morning Britain (@GMB) 14 August 2018
Other images showed the police holding the man, dressed in jeans and a black jacket.
“I was walking on the other side” of the road, said a passerby, Ewalina Ochab, interviewed by the British Press Association. “I heard some noise and someone shouted. I turned around and saw a gray car rolling very fast near the gates, maybe even on the sidewalk. ”
“The person driving the vehicle did not go out,” she added.
The United Kingdom was hit in 2017 by a wave of attacks, including four claimed by the group Islamic State, which made a total of 36 dead and 200 wounded. One of them was committed in March on Westminster Bridge and in front of Parliament.