Eight injured in Moscow after taxi mounts pavement

Hope Soto
June 17, 2018

Moscow police said the driver has been detained and a criminal investigation into a suspected violation of the traffic code has been opened. There is no evidence so far that this is related to terrorism.

Eyewitness reports indicated that the incident was deliberate, though police said preliminary information indicated the driver lost control of the vehicle.

Mexico's embassy in Moscow said two of its citizens were among the injured.

The driver has been arrested after reportedly trying to flee the scene.

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Witnesses say a number of the injured were wearing the Mexican football team's colors. He was shouting: "'It wasn't me'".

They said the driver of the taxi had a Kyrgyzstan driving licence.

Asked if the driver appeared drunk, the witness said: "No, he wasn't drunk". The accident took place on Ilinka Street, about 200 meters (650 feet) from Red Square and Moscow's famous GUM shopping arcade, an area popular with tourists.

One injured woman was in serious but not critical condition, according to Interfax, citing a medical source.

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