UK Minister Boris Johnson was involved in a car crash just outside Parliament on Wednesday afternoon.
The Prime Minister’s car was hit in the back as his vehicle made a sudden stop after a protester “ran out into the road”. A security vehicle is thought to have hit the back of his car outside Parliament. The protester has reportedly been arrested after the incident.
The story came to light after a video of the crash circulated on social media.
Bois Johnson in car crash at Parliament. Just now. Security drives into back of his car as Kurdish protester runs into road. pic.twitter.com/k1kCplzyZ5
— Steve Bray #HoldThemToAccount (@snb19692) June 17, 2020
Johnson’s official spokesperson confirmed that the video showed the PM’s car, and that he was in it at the time, but said he was unhurt in the shunt.
“Yes, that was the PM’s car,” the spokesperson said. “I think the video speaks for itself as to what happened. No reports of anybody being injured.”
London’s Metropolitan Police issued a statement, saying:
“A pedestrian is reported to have stepped onto the road, causing the vehicles to suddenly stop, which has led to two of the vehicles in the convoy being involved in a damage-only collision.”
It added that a man “was arrested at the scene for offences under Section 5 of the Public Order Act and for obstructing the highway” and that all vehicles involved “were able to drive from the scene.”