Eight injured after taxi ploughs into ‘World Cup fans’ in Moscow

Taxi drives into crowd of people in central Moscow, eight injured
Russia taxi crash: 'Drunk driver' smashes into 'World Cup fans' in Moscow - 7 injured

17 June, 2018

Moscow cops said their initial investigation found the driver likely lost control - and probably had not targeted the crowd on Ilinka Street, about 650 feet from Red Square. There is no evidence so far that this is related to terrorism.

The Russian home secretary told the press that the driver lost control of the vehicle, despite video footage seeming to suggest that it was intentional.

This report will be updated.

Two Mexican nationals, who had come to Russian Federation for the World Cup, were among the injured in the incident.

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Police initially said eight people were injured, but later said seven had sought medical attention.

The agency that monitors Moscow's traffic safety said the driver is a citizen of the former Soviet republic of Kyrgyzstan who told police that the crash was not intentional. "He was shouting: "It wasn't me".

The following is footage published on a Russian news station's Twitter account, showing the incident and then the driver attempting to flee the scene, but he was quickly apprehended.

Asked if the driver appeared drunk, the witness said: "No, he wasn't drunk". Seven were in a satisfactory condition, according to a statement from Moscow city's healthcare department while one woman was seriously hurt.

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