Several injured as car smashes into barriers near London’s Parliament (WATCH LIVE) – RT

A car has smashed into a security barrier outside the Houses of Parliament in London, injuring several people. Police have arrested a man and cordoned off the area.

Metropolitan Police say that several pedestrians were injured when a vehicle hit barriers outside London’s Parliament around 8am local time on Monday. The driver was arrested at the scene.

None of the victims is in a life-threatening condition, police believe.

Parliament Square was shut down, according to British media, and a large number of police cars descended on the site. Westminster tube station has been closed.

The authorities have not stated whether the incident was terrorism-related or not. A police spokeswoman said that they are “still trying to piece it together,” according to Reuters.

Witness Jason Williams told ITV’s Good Morning Britain that the ramming incident “seemed to be deliberate.”

“I don’t know if it was a tip-off, a warning, that this was like a bomb… There seems to be maybe about 200 police here now, and it’s all happened very quickly in the space of like half an hour,” the witness said. 

Witness says vehicle hit several cyclists and then smashed into barrier outside Parliament – one casualty being treated. Police taking situation, understandably, very seriously

— Alain Tolhurst (@Alain_Tolhurst) August 14, 2018

A number of pedestrians have been injured after a car crashed into security barriers outside the Houses of Parliament, Scotland Yard said.

— Sam Lister (@sam_lister_) August 14, 2018