Eight people injured after taxi hits crowds in Moscow

The bumper of the vehicle has been completely torn off from the collision and a sign had been taken to theground. It appears the vehicle also mounted the pavement from this image

Taxi drives into crowd of people in central Moscow, eight injured

A taxi driver has driven his vehicle into a crowded sidewalk in Moscow, injuring at least seven people.

CCTV footage posted on social media showed the auto veer out of a queue of stationary traffic and accelerate into pedestrians before coming to a halt.

The same witness said that the driver tried to flee the scene but was apprehended by police. Preliminary information indicated that the driver, who had a Kyrgyzstani driving license, lost control of the vehicle.

The city health department said seven of the injured were in satisfactory condition and one was in more serious condition.

The incident happened not far from the Kremlin and Red Square, an area packed with tourists.

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

A witness at the scene told Reuters that some of the people hit were wearing Mexican team colours. Mexico play Germany at Moscow's Luzhniki stadium on Sunday.

An ambulance is parked near a damaged taxi, which ran into crowds of people in central Moscow, Russia June 16, 2018.

The accident took place on Ilinka Street, approximately 650 feet from Moscow's famous Red Square and GUM shopping arcade.

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