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Moscow taxi crashes into World Cup soccer fans

17 June, 2018, 07:59 | Author: Candice Daniels
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Police initially said eight were injured, but later said seven had sought medical attention.

Moscow Police said they believe he "lost control" of his taxi in Ilinka Street near the GUM shopping arcade.

The embassy said the women had been lightly injured and were receiving consular assistance.

A witness told the Reuters news agency that some of the wounded appeared to be World Cup fans supporting Mexico, which squares off Saturday against Germany in the World Cup.

The Moscow Traffic Authority says the taxi driver has a Kyrgyzstan driving licence.

Video of the incident posted on social media shows the vehicle veering out of standstill traffic and accelerating onto the sidewalk, mowing down pedestrians.

Russian authorities said the driver was not under the influence of alcohol and it is now understood he fell asleep before accidentally hitting the accelerator instead of the brakes.

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The incident occurred near Gostiny Dvor, a business and exhibition center near Red Square, where visitors have gathered amid World Cup festivities.

Taxi crashed into pedestrians in Moscow.

Moscow Police have launched criminal investigation into a suspected violation of the traffic code.

"Five people hurt in the accident have been taken to hospital", he said.

Russian Federation is hosting the World Cup and the capital's streets have been crowded with foreign visitors. It is taking place in 11 cities until July 15.

Russian authorities have pledged to stage a safe World Cup.

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