8 pedestrians injured by taxi on sidewalk near Red Square

16 June, 2018, 21:26 | Author: Sheila Harris
  • In this image taken from video provided by Viktoria Geranovich a taxi driver right runs away from the scene after he crashed his taxi into pedestrians on a sidewalk near Red Square in Moscow Russia Saturday

Eight people, including two from Mexico, were injured Saturday when a taxi crashed into pedestrians on a sidewalk near Red Square in Moscow.

"According to preliminary information, seven people were injured", TASS said.

Russian police said the driver in the crash has been detained.

Police said that it is likely the man lost control of the vehicle and he holds a Kyrgyzstan driving license.

The accident took place on Ilinka Street, around 200 metres from Red Square and Moscow's famous GUM shopping centre.

In this image provided by Moscow Traffic Control Center Press Service ambulance and police work at the site of an incident after a taxi crashed into pedestrians on a sidewalk near Red Square in Moscow Russia Saturday

The witness added some of those hit were wearing Mexican team colours.

The driver, a citizen of Kyrgyzstan, said he did not act on goal, according to Moscow authorities.

Russian authorities have promised to host a safe World Cup tournament, which is taking place in 11 cities until 15 July.

The cabbie abandoned his vehicle and tried to flee - but was soon arrested, according to local press reports.

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