Two people were pronounced dead on the scene and around 23 others injured, after a car ran into the crowded street at the South By Southwest festival in Austin, Texas.
Police were attempting to stop a man believed to be driving drunk when he went the wrong way and crashed through the temporary barricades set up for the festival.
Police in Austin, Texas said the car ran into a crowd of people at around 12.30 a.m. Thursday morning.
Austin police chief Art Acevedo revealed officers had tried to pull over a man driving a grey sedan at a gas station.
Acevedo said in a press conference that the accident “started as a DWI stop on the I-35 access road. The suspect fled the wrong way down a one-way street (9th street) and turned onto Red River.”
The person behind the wheel hit a moped, a taxi and a van before fleeing on foot and being tasered by the police and taken into custody.
The two people who were killed in the accident reportedly were on the moped.
CNN quoted eyewitnesses saying that a car had sped through the large crowd, throwing some victims into the air and knocking others down.
Photographer Colin Kerrigan was on the scene when the accident took place. “One moment I’m photographing a magical show the next, I’m photographing a horrible and sad scene,” he said in a Twitter post.
The victims were in line waiting outside the Mohawk club for a show by rapper Tyler, the Creator show.
Socrates Villarreal captured the scene minutes after the tragedy:
The driver will be charged with two counts of capital murder. University Medical Center Brackenridge’s emergency room Medical Director Chris Ziebell said the driver was treated for minor injures and released into police custody.
Eight patients were taken to the hospital, with three people in serious condition and in the ICU. Two people have head injuries, and the director said he has a “great deal of concern and worry” for those two patients.
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