MOSCOW (CBSNews) — Police in Moscow said eight people were injured when a taxi crashed into pedestrians on a sidewalk near Red Square on Saturday.
Police said the driver in the crash was detained, and a criminal investigation had been opened.READ MORE: Former Gov. Andrew Cuomo Charged With Misdemeanor Forcible Touching
Preliminary information indicated the driver lost control of the vehicle, and Russia’s state-run Interfax news agency said he was believed to have been drunk at the time, however Moscow’s traffic authority later disputed that. Interfax later said the taxi driver had fallen asleep at the wheel.
There were no immediate details on the severity of the pedestrians’ injuries.READ MORE: Student, 14, Arrested With Loaded Handgun At Brooklyn High School
A witness told the Reuters news agency that some of the wounded appeared to be World Cup fans supporting Mexico, which squares off Saturday against Germany in the World Cup. Moscow is one of 11 Russian cities where tournament games are being played.
Interfax reported that the taxi driver was operating on a drivers license from Kyrgyzstan.
The witness who spoke to Reuters said the man tried to flee the scene after the crash but was quickly apprehended.MORE NEWS: FDNY Unions Protest Vaccine Mandate For NYC Workers, First Responders: 'We Currently Have A Staffing Shortage As It Is'
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