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    WORLD CUP CAB CARNAGE Shocking moment Moscow taxi ploughs into crowd of World Cup fans leaving seven injured – before driver is chased down the street

    As bystanders tried to pull open the side door of the car, the driver, dressed in black trousers and black T-shirt, jumped out and sprinted away.
    More people chased him and could be seen trying to tackle him as the footage ended.
    The driver was named as 28-year-old Anarbek Chyngyz, who holds a Kyrgyzstan driving licence.
    Moscow police said the driver may have been drunk and “lost control of the vehicle” but anti-terror forces were investigating his background.
    The driver, in custody, insisted he had not driven into the crowd on purpose, according to footage published on the Moscow police website.
    Mexican supporters gearing up to watch their nation’s opening match against World Champions Germany today were among those hurt.
    Two Mexican citizens, both women, were injured, the Mexican embassy in Moscow said. No one is reported to have died in the incident.
    Among the others injured were a Ukrainian and two Russian citizens, according to TASS news agency.
    Video footage showed the yellow Hyundai taxi pull sharply out of a line of stationery traffic, accelerate and mount the narrow pavement, which was packed with pedestrians.
    The vehicle drove for about 10 metres along the pavement, bowling over pedestrians, with some of them being carried along on the bonnet of the car.
    The taxi came to a partial halt after hitting a traffic sign. The driver then ran away from the car, but was tackled by bystanders
    Moscow Mayor Sergei Sobyanin said in a post on Twitter: “There was an unpleasant incident with a taxi. The driver lost control of the vehicle.”
    The city’s police said they had opened a criminal investigation into suspected violation of the traffic code.
    They released a video of the man being questioned in which he says he had been at the wheel for more than 20 hours when the crash happened and had pressed the accelerator by mistake.
    “I wanted to brake, I wanted to let someone through,” he said, while visibly upset. “I switched off for a second and hit the accelerator…then I saw the people.”
    He said he fled because he thought the crowd of people “were going to kill” him
    Moscow Mayor Sergei Sobyanin said in a post on Twitter: “There was an unpleasant incident with a taxi. The driver lost control of the vehicle.”
    The city’s police said they had opened a criminal investigation into suspected violation of the traffic code.
    They released a video of the man being questioned in which he says he had been at the wheel for more than 20 hours when the crash happened and had pressed the accelerator by mistake.
    “I wanted to brake, I wanted to let someone through,” he said, while visibly upset. “I switched off for a second and hit the accelerator…then I saw the people.”
    He said he fled because he thought the crowd of people “were going to kill” him
    A witness at the scene told Reuters about the driver of the taxi: “He was pulled out of the vehicle, he ran off but bystanders apprehended him. He was shouting: ‘It wasn’t me’.”
    Another witness, Viktoria Geraimovich, said she called the emergency services on her mobile phone.
    Describing the actions of the driver, she said: “He ran into a group of Mexicans. There were shouts, moans. He was only stopped because he hit a traffic sign.
    “Someone gave him a punch in the face. He stayed in the car, people came up to him, said what are you doing, punched him in the face, he opened the door and tried to run away.”
    She added: “It’s scary that it was in the centre (of Moscow) and I was right opposite.”
    Interfax news agency cited a source as saying the driver was drunk at the time of the incident.
    A medical source cited by Interfax said none of the people hospitalised were critically injured.
    Russian authorities have vowed to host a safe soccer World Cup, which is taking place in 11 cities until July 15.
    In central Moscow, authorities have installed heavy concrete blocks across the entrances to pedestrianised areas following a spate of incidents across Europe in which vehicles were used to mow down people.
    A police spokesman said: “According to preliminary information, seven individuals asked for medical assistance.
    “Preliminary cause of the crash is difficulties with driving.
    “The driver has been detained and has been taken to territorial police department.
    “The check is being run.”

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