Taxi driver who drove into crowd lost control of vehicle: Moscow mayor

A taxi driver has driven his vehicle into a crowded sidewalk in Moscow, injuring at least seven people.

The embassy said the women had been lightly injured and were receiving consular assistance.

Moscow police said the driver has been detained and a criminal investigation into a suspected violation of the traffic code has been opened.

The extent of the injuries remains unclear although police say they are no life-threatening.

A witness at the scene told Reuters news agency that some of the people hit were wearing Mexico team colours.




Eyewitness reports indicated that the incident was deliberate, though police said preliminary information indicated the driver lost control of the vehicle. "He was shouting: "It wasn't me".

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

Interfax news agency cited a source as saying that the driver was drunk at the time of the incident, which occurred near Red Square.

Russian Federation hosts the 2018 FIFA World Cup from June 14 to July 15.

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