17-Jul-2018
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Taxi Ploughs Into Moscow Crowd, Driver Runs, Chased Down Street VIDEO

MOSCOW June 17: A taxi drove into a crowd of pedestrians near Moscow's Red Square on Saturday, injuring eight people including two Mexicans in the city for the soccer World Cup which Russia is hosting, officials and eyewitnesses said.
 
The incident took place as residents and visiting soccer fans from around the world thronged the centre of Moscow on a balmy summer evening.
 
Moscow's traffic management authority said the taxi driver had a driver's licence issued in Kyrgyzstan, a mainly Muslim ex-Soviet republic.
 
The authority cited the driver, who was in police custody, as saying he had not driven into the crowd on purpose.
 
Moscow Mayor Sergei Sobyanin said in a post on Twitter: "There was an unpleasant incident with a taxi. The driver lost control of the vehicle."
 
The city's police said they had opened a criminal investigation into suspected violation of the traffic code.
 
Moscow city's healthcare department issued a statement saying eight people were hurt and had been taken to hospital. It said seven were in a satisfactory condition, while one woman was seriously hurt.
 
The Mexican embassy in Moscow said two Mexican women had been lightly injured. Also among those hurt were a Ukrainian and two Russian citizens, Russia's TASS news agency quoted a source in the emergency services as saying.
 
Video of the incident posted on social media showed the yellow Hyundai taxi pull sharply out of a line of stationery traffic, accelerate and mount the narrow pavement, which was packed with pedestrians.
 
The vehicle drove for about 10 metres along the pavement, bowling over pedestrians, with some of them being carried along on the bonnet of the car.
 
The taxi came to a partial halt after hitting a traffic sign. As bystanders tried to pull open the driver's side door, the driver, dressed in black trousers and black T-shirt, jumped out and sprinted away.
 
More bystanders chased after him and could be seen trying to tackle him to the ground as the footage ended.
 
A witness at the scene told Reuters that some of the people hit were wearing Mexican team colours. Mexico take on Germany on Sunday in their first World Cup match at Moscow's Luzhniki stadium, and thousands of Mexican fans are in the Russian capital.
 
A second witness at the scene told Reuters about the driver of the taxi: "He was pulled out of the vehicle, he ran off but bystanders apprehended him. He was shouting: 'It wasn't me'."
 
Another witness, Viktoria Geraimovich, said she called the emergency services on her mobile phone.
 
Describing the actions of the driver, she said: "He ran into a group of Mexicans. There were shouts, moans. He was only stopped because he hit a traffic sign."
 
"Someone gave him a punch in the face. He stayed in the car, people came up to him, said what are you doing, punched him in the face, he opened the door and tried to run away."
 
"It's scary that it was in the centre (of Moscow) and I was right opposite," she said.
 
Interfax news agency cited a source as saying that the driver was drunk at the time of the incident. A medical source cited by Interfax said none of the people hospitalised was critically injured.
 
Russian authorities have vowed to host a safe soccer World Cup, which is taking place in 11 cities until July 15.