Two People Dead After Car Crash At SXSW Festival
23 other people are said to have also been injured in the accident, with five in a critical condition...
Two people have been killed and 23 injured in a car accident at SXSW Festival in Austin, Texas this morning (March 13).
During a press conference held at the crime scene, Austin Chief of Police Art Acevedo revealed the incident occurred after an intoxicated man drove his silver Toyota through the festival barricade, striking a taxi, a moped and several pedestrians, before crashing into a van.
Variety reports that the driver was being followed by police and had driven the wrong way down the one-way Red River Street before the accident - which apparently happened at around 12.30am.
It is thought that the crash took place outside the music event's Mohawk Bar. Police were later forced to close other venues on Red River Street following the episode.
The unidentified driver is then said to have tried to escape on foot after the crash, but was tasered by cops and caught.
Acevedo told the media: "I've been here for seven years, and this [sort of thing] has never happened."
Five of the 23 people injured in the accident are said to be in a critical condition.