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Man drives into crowd of people at the World Cup in Russia

The scene of a Moscow taxi crash. (Emma Burrows/Twitter)
June 16, 2018

A taxi crashed into a crowd on a sidewalk near Red Square in Moscow and injured at least seven people on Saturday.

Russian police say that the man was intoxicated and didn’t intend to harm people. However, from watching the video where the man deliberately drives the car onto the sidwalk and gets out and starts running away, that report is in question.

Bystanders also say that the man did not appear drunk.

The World Cup is currently taking place in Moscow.

Fox News reports that “the driver reportedly tried to flee the scene, but one witness said he was detained by bystanders before police arrived.

Preliminary information indicated that the driver, who had a Kyrgyzstani driving license, lost control of the vehicle. Russia’s Interfax news agency cited a source claiming that the driver was drunk at the time of the incident though a witness said he didn’t appear drunk.”

The driver might have been intoxicated and reportedly lost control of the vehicle, rather than deliberately target pedestrians, Moscow Police said.

People wearing Mexico’s colors were reportedly among those injured, a witness said.

The taxi driver, who has a Kyrgyzstan license, has been detained, officials said.

Russia’s TASS news agency cited emergency services personnel when reporting the incident.

The status of those injured was not immediately available.

No other details were immediately available.