Driver who ploughed into crowd in Moscow fell asleep at wheel

Frederick Owens
June 19, 2018

The Mexican Embassy said the two injured female fans met with embassy representatives and were not hospitalised.

Three of the injured remain in hospital in stable condition and will soon be discharged, state news agency RIA cited Mr Alexei Khripun, head of the Moscow city health department, as saying yesterday.

Three people were recovering in hospital on Sunday after a taxi ploughed into pedestrians just steps from Moscow's Red Square during the World Cup in Russian Federation.

The Tass news agency said that two Mexicans, two Russians and one Ukrainian were hospitalised after the crash.

The city's police said they had opened a criminal investigation into a suspected violation of the traffic code.

The vehicle is stopped by a lamppost and the driver attempts to flee the scene.

None of those hurt are understood to be in a critical condition, although one woman has sustained serious injuries.

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Anarbek Chingiz, taxi driver who ploughed into crowd on June 16 in central Moscow, is escorted by police after a court hearing on his detention in Moscow, Russia June 18, 2018.

The vehicle only came to a stop after crashing into a traffic sign. "He stayed in the vehicle, people came up to him, said 'What are you doing?', punched him in the face, he opened the door and tried to run away".

Emin said a pair of Mexican fans and "mostly Russians" were hit by the taxi.

No fatalities were reported, but seven people sought medical assistance, police said. "I wanted to go home afterwards, to have a sleep", he said.

It said he fled the scene because he feared being attacked by members of the public.

An eyewitness who would only give his first name, "Emin", told CNN he helped capture the driver, who "did not look drunk to me". "I was trembling. It is not a thing you see every day, when a taxi drives right into the crowd".

"I was afraid, they would have killed me, so many people there".

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