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SXSW Car Crash Kills 2, Injures Over 20

SXSW Car Crash Kills 2, Injures Over 20

By JACKIE WILLIS

March 13, 2014

At around 12:30 a.m. in Austin, Texas on Thursday morning, a car plowed into a crowd standing outside the Mohawk nightclub at the SXSW festival, killing at least two and injuring over 20 others, multiple news outlets are reporting.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, a vehicle crashed into a barricade on Red River Street in downtown Austin, which led to the driver skidding down 9th Street. Injuries range from minor to critical, and an Austin Police Department officer says the driver "is currently in custody. "This is extremely rare," the officer said (via THR). "In all the years of [hosting] South by Southwest, we've never seen anything like this."

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"Our thoughts and prayers go out to those affected by the tragic accident that took place last night here in Austin. We appreciate and commend the first responders, as well as the city agencies who so quickly sprung into action," SXSW festival organizers said in a statement Thursday. "We will be making schedule and venue changes for programming in the surrounding area of last night’s events. All other programming will continue as previously scheduled. Please watch this website and twitter.com/sxsw for updates throughout the day."

Rapper Tyler the Creator was about to perform nearby at the time, while Lady Gaga was also spotted near the scene watching a show. Tyler the Creator tweeted: "Show Isn't Happening, Something Sad Happened. I'm Bummed."

Meanwhile, Gaga tweeted:

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