A pedestrian has been left “seriously injured” after a black cab mounted a pavement in Convent Garden this evening.
Four people have been treated by London Ambulance Service at the scene of the incident in Southampton Street. Police have said they do not believe the incident to be terror related.
The driver of the taxi stopped at the scene and has been detained. The Strand was closed in both directions for two hours following the crash.
A spokesperson for London Ambulance Service confirmed: “We were called to a road traffic collision at Southampton Street, Covent Garden.
“We worked closely with other members of the emergency service at the scene and treated a total of four patients.
“A man was treated for a serious leg injury and taken to a major trauma centre as a priority.
“Two other patients were treated for minor injuries and also taken to hospital. A fourth patient was checked over at the scene.”
A spokesman for the Metropolitan Police confirmed: “Police were called at 17:01hrs on Wednesday, 1 November to reports of a taxi in collision with pedestrians in Southampton Street, WC2.
“This is being treated as a serious road traffic collision, and not thought to be terrorist related.”
Eyewitnesses on Southampton Street say police were almost immediately on the scene and ordered people to stay inside buildings until they could ascertain the nature of the incident.
The Strand was closed off shortly afterward.
Witness Irfan Damani posted on Twitter: “Black cab just drove into some people at Covent Garden, just got asked to evacuate the area.
“Police have cornered every street in Covent Garden. Massive credit to them. They do a great job.”