London Attack Survivor Recounts Near-Miss, Horror As Car Rammed Civilians On Westminster Bridge

Rob Lyon, a 34-year-old marketing director, isn’t a London native. On Wednesday, he had traveled to the U.K.’s capital city from Rugby, in central England, with two colleagues for a work trip. But he found himself on the scene in a series of events that police are calling terrorism. Lyon narrowly survived a deadly car-ramming in Westminster, the heart of British democracy, in an attack that left at least five people dead and many wounded, several with life-threatening injuries.

Lyon and his colleagues had just left an interview with Britain’s ITV and were headed back to their hotel, a 15-minute walk, less than a mile along and across the River Thames. They began to travel across the bridge to get to their hotel—the Park Plaza Westminster Bridge—and passed a group of tourists taking selfies. They were talking about what they had planned for their next two days in London.

“Then we heard a big crunch,” Lyon says, standing amid crowds of police and media huddled opposite St. Thomas’ Hospital, where emergency services rushed those maimed in the attack.

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