Five people have been injured after a car hit pedestrians when it mounted a pavement in Stamford Hill – with the CST outlining it was not a terror attack or antisemitic in nature.
The Metropolitan Police said the incident in Stamford Hill is not being treated as terror-related and no arrests have been made.
London Ambulance Service (LAS) said five adults were treated at the scene, with four taken to a major trauma centre and the fifth taken to hospital by a crew from the Hatzola volunteer ambulance service.
Paramedics and police officers were called to the scene shortly before 9.40am to reports that a car had mounted a pavement and struck pedestrians.
A London Ambulance Service spokeswoman said six ambulance crews, hazardous area response teams and a London Air Ambulance team, who travelled by car, were among those who attended.
“Five adults were treated at the scene. We took four to a major trauma centre, and one person was taken to hospital by an Hatzola ambulance crew,” she said.
Police have cordoned off a large area and were examining the scene as passers-by – many from the orthodox Jewish community – watched on at around midday on Friday.
The Community Security Trust tweeted: “There has been a serious traffic accident in Stamford Hill. It is confirmed as not, repeat not, terrorist, racist or of any other ‘political’ nature.”
We were called at 9:36am to reports of a serious traffic incident on #StamfordHill
We dispatched 15 responders and 4 ambulances. Our first responder arrived within 3 minutes of initial call.
— Hatzola (@Hatzola) December 11, 2020
Shomrim, a local Jewish neighbourhood watch group, tweeted to reassure those in the area that the incident was “not terror related but a horrendous accident”.
What appeared to be broken glass could be seen surrounding a partially-ruined bus stop.
Around 20 yards away, a damaged silver Toyota car was in front of a mini-market, its front bonnet completely crumpled and windscreen smashed.
One eyewitness, who works in a Nissan garage across the road, told the PA news agency the driver of the car was a man who looked to be in his early 60s and was in “shock” after the crash.
The driver was overheard telling police his brakes had failed, after being helped out of the ruined car by two “elderly Jewish gentlemen”, according to the witness.
The witness, who asked not to be named, said: “I heard a bang, that was when the car hit the bus stop. The car was on the kerb and I saw two people flying in mid-air.
“After that he hit a Mitsubishi parked over there and his car did a 90-degree rotation.
“Another guy on crutches got hit.
“A few elderly Jewish gentlemen helped him out the car, people in the shop came out to help.
“I called police and they were here in two or three minutes. I saw five people getting treated including the driver. He was an older-looking man in shock.”
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