At least two killed as car crashes into crowd near SXSW festival

Two people are killed and more than 20 injured as a car crashes into a crowd outside a popular concert venue in Austin, Texas, according to police reports.

Bystanders attend to victims of car crash at South by Southwest festival in Austin, Texas, Thursday morning. Colin Kerrigan/Twitter

Two people were killed and nearly two dozen others were injured early Thursday when a suspected drunken driver drove a car into a crowd of people near the South by Southwest festival in Austin, Texas, according to the Austin Police Department.

Details are scarce at this time, but Twitter reports from the scene indicated that a car drove into a crowd of people outside the Mohawk bar at East 10th Street and Red River Street around 12:30 a.m. local time. Twenty-three people were transported to hospitals with injuries, five in critical condition, Austin Police reported on Twitter.

Images and video captured of the scene after the crash and posted to social media show victims of the crash strewn along on the street with bystanders leaning over them administering first aid.

The driver of the vehicle, who was taken into custody not long after the crash, is suspected of driving under the influence, authorities said at a press conference early Thursday. More details are expected later Thursday. Police also said the identities of the deceased would be withheld pending notification of next of kin.

Not long after news of the crash began to circulate, on-demand car service Uber announced on Twitter that all rides originating from the area around the crash scene would be free.

Video of the scene captured by Socrates Villarreal is embedded below:

) Updated 3/13 at 1 a.m. PT with details from police press conference.

 

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