Black cab ploughs into crowd in London

Covent Garden crash

The incident occurred on Wednesday evening on Southampton Street.

Shocked shoppers in the area have said that emergency services were on the scene within moments after the auto mowed down a number of people.

The London Ambulance Service has crews at the scene, but have yet to release details of any casualties.

Dramatic pictures show the cab on the pavement with crowds watching the horrific incident unfold. "Not thought to be terrorist related", police said in a statement.

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The Daily Telegraph's Harry Yorke reports that London's Metropolitan Police are treating the incident as a "road traffic collision".

In March, Khalid Masood injured 50 people and left four dead when he drove a auto into pedestrians on Westminster Bridge near the Houses of Parliament.

Witness Ed Hoppitt posted: "Just came within meters of being hit by a vehicle that mounted the pavement and ploughed into people".

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