Westminster Bridge terror attack: ‘Chaos’ as pedestrians tried to escap

Westminster Bridge terror attack: ‘Chaos’ as pedestrians tried to escap

Emergency services on Westminster Bridge after attack on 22 March 2017Image copyrightGETTY IMAGES

Pedestrians tried to escape the “chaos” of the 2017 Westminster terror attack but never stood a chance, a witness has told the inquest into their deaths.

Kylie Smith, a teacher accompanying a group of children, described seeing Khalid Masood’s car hit people.

“It was very clearly a deliberate act. The way he turned the car to change the direction,” she told the Old Bailey.

Four people were killed on Westminster Bridge before PC Keith Palmer was stabbed to death outside Parliament.

“It was chaos. It was just chaos,” Ms Smith told the hearing. “People trying to get out of the way but nobody really had a chance.”

Those killed in the attack on 22 March last year were Kurt Cochran, 54, Leslie Rhodes, 75, Aysha Frade, 44, and Andreea Cristea,

Ms Smith said she saw American tourist Mr Cochran and his wife Melissa “walking hand in hand…having a nice time”.

“The car came towards them. The man tried to pull his girlfriend behind him, tried to shield her from the impact,” she said.

“The man went over the car and just flew up in the air.”

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