SXSW Crash Kills Two, Injures 23
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A suspected drunk driver is facing two counts of capital murder after mowing down a crowd at the annual South by Southwest (SXSW) Music Festival in Austin, Texas early Thursday.
At approximately 12:30 a.m., a car plowed into a crowd standing outside the Mohawk Nightclub, killing at least two people and injuring 23 others. The vehicle crashed into a barricade on Red River Street in downtown Austin and skidded down 9th Street by screeching to a halt. Injuries range from minor to critical.
The unidentified driver “is currently in custody,” but the festival tragedy even has seasoned cops taken aback. One veteran Austin officer told The Hollywood Reporter:
“This is extremely rare. In all the years of [hosting] South by Southwest, we’ve never seen anything like this.”
Tyler the Creator, who was set to take the stage just moments before that mayhem, saw his set cancelled. The rapper later tweeted:
“Show Isn’t Happening, Something Sad Happened. I’m Bummed.”
Lady Gaga was also spotted near the scene watching a show. She also sent out a message of memorial to the victims.
“All my love to music lovers and fans, stay safe tonight we love you”
The South by Southwest Festival runs through Sunday, March 16.