Published: Sun, June 17, 2018
Sports | By Sarah Myers

Seven people injured as cab ploughs into World Cup fans in Moscow

Seven people injured as cab ploughs into World Cup fans in Moscow

Police have arrested the driver, who is from Kirguistan, despite his attempts to flee.

Officers say the driver in the crash on Saturday has been detained.

"Seven of them are in satisfactory condition and one woman is in moderate condition", an unidentified Moscow health department official was quoted as saying. As bystanders tried to pull open the driver's side door, the driver, dressed in black pants and black T-shirt, jumped out and sprinted away.

They also confirmed the driver was not drunk, and that it was an accident.

A view shows a damaged taxi, which ran into a crowd of people, in central Moscow, Russia June 16, 2018.

Two Mexican nationals, who had come to Russian Federation for the World Cup, were among the injured in the incident.

One witness said some of those hit were wearing Mexican team colours.

The agency that monitors Moscow's traffic safety said the driver is a citizen of the former Soviet republic of Kyrgyzstan who told police that the crash was not intentional.

Russian Federation is hosting the World Cup and the capital's streets have been crowded with foreign visitors.

The authority cited the driver as saying he had not driven into the crowd on objective. A total of 64 matches will be played in 12 venues in 11 Russian cities.

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