Taxi ploughs into Moscow crowd

Taxi ploughs into Moscow crowd

Russian authorities say the driver, Anarbek Chingiz, caused the accident when he fell asleep at the wheel after a 20-hour shift and accidentally pressed the accelerator pedal.

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

Two passersby immediately tried to confront the driver by trying to jam open his door.

City traffic authorities posted a photograph of what they said was the driver's Kyrgyz driver's license showing that he is 28-year-old native of the Central Asian nation.

The Mexican Embassy said the two injured female fans met with embassy representatives and were not hospitalized.

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"And I thought I was pushing the brakes, I don't know, and I passed out...."

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Moscow's traffic management authority said the driver had a licence issued in Kyrgyzstan and had not driven into the crowd of people deliberately.

The other people who were injured had already been discharged, Khripun said, according to RIA. The taxi suddenly veers out of the line, makes a sharp right turn, goes onto the sidewalk and continues straight running, ploughing into pedestrians for the next 10 meters until the taxi runs into a traffic sign.

Another witness, Viktoria Geraimovich, said she called emergency services on her mobile phone.

Meanwhile in the United Kingdom, a policing chief has played down the significance of the crash.

Sergei Sobyanin, the mayor of Moscow, said that he would be monitoring the incident personally and tweeted that the driver had simply "lost control of his car".

The U.S. State Department on Friday updated its travel advice on Russian Federation, saying terrorist groups were plotting attacks. "Terrorists may attack with little or no warning, targeting tourist locations, transportation hubs, markets/shopping malls, and local government facilities".

Many of them do not have legal permission to work and endure arduous living conditions.

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