SEVERAL pedestrians have been injured this morning after a car “driving at 50mph” crashed into barriers outside the Houses of Parliament.
A man has been arrested and the area has been evacuated following the “very sinister” smash at around 7.40am.
Witnesses described seeing a silver Ford Fiesta “driving towards Parliament at speed” before hearing a “loud bang” – sparking fears of a deliberate attack.
An armed cop at the scene told The Sun the incident was terror-related but when questioned just moments later, a spokesman for the Met Police said they are still officially treating it as a “road traffic collision”.
Eyewitness Jason Williams said: “He went into the bollard at high speed, about 40 or 50mph.
“Someone driving towards Parliament at speed, it wasn’t a minor accident, it wasn’t a road traffic incident.
“It was, in my opinion, something planned and something very sinister.”
Another witness Ewalina Ochab added: “I think it looked intentional – the car drove at speed and towards the barriers.
“I was walking on the other side (of the road). I heard some noise and someone screamed.
“I turned around and I saw a silver car driving very fast close to the railings, maybe even on the pavement.”
Dramatic footage shows heavily-armed police pointing rifles inside the silver car after it crashed into black barriers outside Parliament.
Bus driver Victor Ogbomo, 49, was driving passengers past the front of Westminster when he saw the crash.
“All I saw was the smoke coming out of a vehicle, a silver vehicle … I just stopped the bus,” he said.
“The police said we have to move back, then in less than five minutes the response team came.
The area has now been placed on lockdown with Parliament Square evacuated and dozens of emergency vehicles in attendance.
It is understood tube passengers are being held inside Westminster Station for their own safety.
This is a developing story