2018 World Cup: Eight injured after taxi ploughs into fans in Moscow

Eight people were injured after a taxi rammed through a crowd near the Red Square in Moscow on Saturday.

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Daily Mail reported that among the injured included Mexican fans who were gearing up to watch the North American’s opening World Cup game against Germany tomorrow.

Moscow police say the driver lost control of the vehicle, while sources say he also may have been drunk.

The Tass news agency said that two Mexicans, two Russians and one Ukrainian were hospitalised after the crash.

The extent of the injuries remains unclear although police say they were not life-threatening.

One witness said some of those hit were wearing Mexican team colours. Mexico kick-off their campaign at Moscow’s Luzhniki stadium and thousands of their fans are in the Russian capital.

Another witness at the scene said of the taxi driver: “He was pulled out of the vehicle, he ran off but bystanders apprehended him. He was shouting: ‘It wasn’t me.’”

Asked if the driver appeared drunk, the witness said: “No, he wasn’t drunk.”

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Witnesses say the driver allegedly tried to flee from the scene but was apprehended by police.

Moscow traffic authority has published a photograph which shows two ambulances at the scene. They said the driver of the taxi had a Kyrgyzstan driving licence.

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

Moscow is one of the 11 Russian cities where World Cup games are being played.

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