Shoppers flee as black taxicab mounts pavement in London’s Covent Garden – Telegraph.co.uk

“The driver of the taxi stopped at the scene and has been detained by police.

“This is being treated as a serious road traffic collision, and not thought to be terrorist related.”

Kareem Chehayeb, an MA student at King’s College, later Tweeted: “Things have calmed down but police are asking people in the area to leave as they investigate.”

Following the incident the busy Strand, leading from Trafalgar Square to Aldwych, was closed in both directions, causing traffic disruption throughout the area.

A mother and her two daughters were yards from being struck by the taxi as they made their way down Southampton St, they told The Telegraph.

Luella, 18, and her mother, from Brighton, said they had been about to say goodbye to her sister when they heard a “metallic scraping sound”.

They turned to see a black cab being driving by a “white, bald man in his fifties, who was conscious” driving down the pavement towards them “really really fast.”

 “I was just stunned and was just standing right in front of where he was driving. My mum just grabbed me and pulled me out of the way.

“He was conscious, I remember just turning around to see his face straight in front of me.”

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