Two people were killed and 23 more were injured after a car smashed through SXSW festival barricades in Austin last night and struck a crowd of pedestrians, police have said in a statement.
The 2 people who were killed were apparently on a moped that was struck by the crashing vehicle, while 5 others have been taken into hospital and are said to be in a critical condition.
The man who was driving the car at the time of the impact attempted to flee the scene on foot afterwards but was apprehended by a police officer who tazed him before making the arrest.
The man, who was allegedly intoxicated, drove the wrong way down a one way street, crashed through the barricade and struck multiple pedestrians, a taxi and the moped before crashing into a van.
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Austin Chief of Police Art Acevedo said at the scene, “There’s one person responsible and that’s that person who got behind that wheel and decided to drink and drive … and then when stopped by police, cared more about himself than these people out here,” he said. “He needs to go to jail, and hopefully for a long time.”