2 People Dead After Car Plows Into SXSW Crowd
By Radio.com Staff
Two people were killed and more than two dozen were injured this morning (March 13) after a car, speeding away from police, plowed into a large crowd outside of a concert venue in Austin, TX during the busy South By Southwest festival.
According to CBS Dallas/FortWorth (a Radio.com affiliate), it all started at around 12:30 a.m. as police officers were attempting to stop a driver at a gas station located along Interstate-35. That driver, who was suspected of being drunk, didn’t stop, but sped away from authorities, and ended up heading the wrong way on 9th Street in downtown Austin.
It’s been reported that the car blew through police barricades and struck several people who were outside of the Mohawk nightclub. Witnesses at the scene said that the car could have been going as fast as 70 mph. “I just remember seeing people bouncing off of the street,” one man told reporters.
The Austin-Travis County Emergency Medical Service reported the news of the two fatalities on Twitter and later released a full report via Facebook. The police have not yet revealed the names of the victims, but officials said that they were a man and a woman riding a moped.
An additional 25 people were taken to the hospital – five in critical condition, another five in serious condition and the rest with minor injuries.