A drunk driver running from police crashed through a barricade killing two people at the South by Southwest Festival in Austin. Austin Police Chief Art Acevedo says 23 others were injured, five of them critically, in the incident around 12:30 a.m. Thursday.
Witnesses described a gruesome scene with “people flying” and “everywhere you look, somebody’s been hit”. It happened in downtown Austin on Red River Street near 10th. The street had been blocked off for festivities at a nearby club where a concert had just let out.
Investigators say that drunk driver, whose name has not been released, was running from police when the accident happened. He then hit a cab, got out of his car and tried to run on foot. Police used a Taser to take the suspect into custody. Police say he will now face at least 2 counts of capital murder.
Here's the official statement from authorities on scene: