Two Dead, 23 Injured After Driver Plows Into Crowd at SXSW

Early Thursday morning, a driver fleeing police crashed into a crowd of people at the South by Southwest festival in Austin, killing two and injuring 23 others.

According to Austin Police Chief Art Acevedo, five of the injured are in critical condition. Acevedo said the two people killed—a man and a woman—were on a moped that the driver struck before plowing into group of people gathered outside of a club.

"We had a large crowd," Acevedo said at a 2:30 a.m. news conference, according to the Associated Press. "I just thank God that a lot of the folks had already been pushed on the sidewalk or this could have been a lot worse."

From the Associated Press:

Police said the man pulled into a nearby gas station in a silver Toyota sedan after an officer working a drunken-driving patrol tried to stop him. He wove his way through a series of parked cars, then took off at high speed the wrong way down a one-way street. He took a right turn on Red River Street, crashing through a barricade and narrowly missing a police officer who was standing guard.

He hit some of the victims in front of The Mohawk, a local club hosting Spin events during the five-day music conference. He continued down the street where he struck and killed the two victims on the moped and then hit the cab before finally crashing.

The driver, whose name has not yet been released, faces two counts of capital murder and 23 counts of aggravated assault with a vehicle.

Here's graphic video of the scene immediately after the crash:

[Image via AP]