Seven injured as taxi runs into crowd in Moscow

Seven injured as taxi runs into crowd in Moscow

The taxi mounted the sidewalk and crashed into a group of eight pedestrians.

Mexican nationals were among the injured, it said.

The Russian home secretary told the press that the driver lost control of the auto, despite video footage seeming to suggest that it was intentional.

The taxi driver apparently tried to flee the scene, but was quickly apprehended by police.

Police initially said eight people were injured, but later said seven had sought medical attention. He told the police that the event was an accident.

Sources say the driver pleaded with people at the scene, claiming he did not mean to hit the football fans.

Another witness, Viktoria Geraimovich, said she called the emergency services on her mobile phone.

Authorities have vowed a safe soccer World Cup, which Russian Federation is hosting for the first time ever.

The incident occurred on the third day of the World Cup, with Moscow packed with foreign tourists who snap pictures of the Kremlin and Red Square. Thousands of fans from Mexico have traveled to Moscow for the tournament, which is being held in 11 Russian cities and runs through July 15.

Authorities believe the driver fell asleep at the wheel.

It gave his birthplace as the town of Kochkor-Ata in Kyrgyzstan, near the border with Uzbekistan.

"We're not scared but disappointed", said Youseff Fraige, 27, from Monterrey, Mexico.

Russian authorities have pledged to stage a safe World Cup.

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