London attack: woman fights for life after 'falling' in Thames as car hit pedestrians
Hundreds of people fled in terror from Westminster Bridge as a car mowed down several pedestrians in a terror attack on the Houses of Parliament.
At least four people have been killed in the attack, which has also left 20 people injured.
Witnesses said people either jumped or were knocked over the side of the bridge as the car mounted the pavement and struck a number of pedestrians.
Shocking video footage has emerged showing a number of mangled bodies on the bridge, with members of the public rushing desperately to their aid.
A woman has since been rescued from the Thames after she “fell” from the bridge and is currently undergoing urgent medical treatment.
A spokesman for the Port of London Authority, which looks after safety on the River Thames, said: “A female member of the public was recovered from the water near Westminster Bridge.
"She is alive but undergoing urgent medical treatment on a nearby pier.
"We believe she fell from the bridge.”
At this time it is believed up to a dozen people have been injured.
The car was a grey Huyndai 4x4 driven by a middle aged man, witnesses say.
Steve Voake, 55, was walking across the Westminster Bridge towards the South Bank when he saw the aftermath.
He said he saw at least two bodies lying on the road and one in the water.
“I saw a trainer lying in the road and when I looked more closely I saw that there were a couple of bodies the other side of the road,” he said.
“And when I looked over the side there was another body lying in the water with blood all around it.”
Matt Haikin, 44, was cycling across Westminster Bridge just after the car had knocked people over.
He told the Standard: “I saw a car and as I came up to it I noticed someone next to it covered in blood.
“There were people standing around and others running towards. I assumed it was just an accident.
“Fairly shortly after I heard some shots. I thought then that something was going on.
“As I went over to see what was going on they were starting to move people back.
“I think I saw a couple of bodies on the ground. I couldn’t tell if they were injured.”
Ruchi Sherrikari tweeted: “I’m shaking. I was on the opposite side of Westminster Bridge as the car ran over everyone on the sidewalk. Holy s***.
The car is believed to have eventually crashed into the railings of Parliament at the end of Westminster Bridge.
Steve Boulton and his wife Karen, from Caversham in Reading, had travelled to Parliament to watch Prime Minister’s Questions as a treat for his 50th birthday.
The couple were having lunch in a nearby restaurant when they heard “some muffled bangs in the distance”.
Mrs Boulton said: “We came out of the restaurant and hit this horde of people coming the other way.
“We got a little way along Westminster Bridge when someone said you have to go back and it was a terrorist incident.
“We saw two bodies in the road. It was really frightening.”
Christopher Hope, a journalist at the Daily Telegraph, witnessed part of the Westminster Bridge attack.
He told BBC Radio 5 live: “There was a loud bang on Westminster bridge opposite the pub there, the Westminster Tavern I think it’s called, next to Boots.
“Then there was screaming and shouting and I saw about 100 people running from the bridge across down towards Westminster Abbey.
“And then as they were running it was clear something was going on because people were looking where the bang was and it sounded maybe like an explosion or maybe a car hit some railings or maybe someone was hit by a car but it was a big bang and then there was shooting several shots were fired and there were two individuals lying outside Westminster Hall on the road being treated by medics and an ambulance had just pulled up.”
Tourist Bradford Buck was outside Parliament when the attack happened and said he saw a victim “curled up on the ground” following the attack.
In a video clip posted on Twitter by journalist Jim Waterson, Mr Buck said: “We came up from the Westminster Underground and we saw a car crashed into the gate, the fence around the Parliament.
“There was a man lying on the ground and then the police officers were running with machine guns so the first thing I said to my wife and friend is get behind the concrete and we were all kind of watching, everybody’s in a little bit of shock.
“Then pretty quickly the London police were here just shooing everybody out of here.
“There was a person on the ground. It was a regular civilian, somebody on the ground. They looked pretty bad. They weren’t moving too much. They were kind of curled up on the ground.”
The bridge has been cordoned off while paramedics treat the injured.
Vauxhall to Embankment has also been closed "as part of the security response”, according to the Port of London Authority.