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LONDON — Dozens of police officers swooped on a car that crashed into security barriers outside London’s Houses of Parliament during Tuesday’s morning rush hour.

Police said “a number of pedestrians” were hurt but they do not believe any of them suffered life-threatening injuries.

The male driver was arrested at the scene.

Authorities also closed the nearby Westminster subway station, diverted buses and cordoned off the area.

Live television pictures and eyewitness video showed officers surrounding a wrecked silver sedan, which had steam rising from its engine, and pointing their guns through the driver’s side window.

Witnesses accounts posted on Twitter suggested that the car had driven through one or more cyclists before hitting the security barrier.

Police stand in the street after Tuesday’s crash.Hannah McKay / Reuters

“I heard some noise and someone screamed, I turned around and I saw a silver car driving from the crossing, very fast and close to the railings,” witness Ewelina Ochab told NBC News partner Euronews.

“There was a loud bang from the collision and a bit if smoke,” said Ochab, who works as a legal researcher and human rights advocate. “The driver did not get out. The guards started creaming to people to move away.”

Eyewitness Jason Williams recounted hearing a “loud bang” as the vehicle struck the barrier.

A suspect, seen center, was handcuffed and taken from the car.ITV Good Morning Britain

Williams told “Good Morning Britain” that as police told passersby to “get out of the area.”

The crash occurred at 7:37 a.m. local time (2:37 a.m. ET). It happened at the same location as a terrorist attack in March 2017.

That incident saw a man drive his car across Westminster Bridge and stab a police officer to death. Five people were killed, including the officer, and more than 50 injured.

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The attack, as well as several similar ones across Europe, resulted in more security barriers being erected across the British capital to try to stop vehicle-based terror attacks.