The yearly South by Southwest Festival (SXSW) - the music industry's equivalent of the Olympics, basically, with bands from around the world convening on Austin, Texas for a week's worth of industry showcases, concert events, and club crawls - got underway on Tuesday. Early Thursday morning, a speeding vehicle being pursued by police struck pedestrians in front of a club called The Mohawk, killing two and injuring 23 others.
According to the Chicago Tribune, "The crash was visible to blocks of concertgoers, and images of the bloody scene quickly spread through social media".
The car, whose owner fled after being stopped at a gas station on supsicion of driving under the influence, slammed into a crowd of club goers, hit a moped with two riders - both of whom were killed - and then proceeded on, before smashing into a taxi. The driver then fled on foot, and was apprehended by police shortly thereafter.
A large contingent of Western New Yorkers heads to SXSW every year. According to several Facebook posts early Thursday morning, "none of the Buffalo continget" were on the scene at the time of the accident, and none were among the injured. We will share more details as they become available.
- Jeff Miers