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Deadly Accident KIlling 2 People @SXSW 23 Injured

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If there wasn’t enough controversy over SXSW in Austin, Texas regarding the performers, there definitely is a lot more. According to The NY Times, two people were killed and 23 injured early this morning at 12:30 am in Austin at the SXSW festivities. A driver who was reportedly intoxicated, and evading police plowed his car into a barricade set up for concert attendees and people who were gathered in the streets. The driver crashed into a car before trying to flee the vehicle where he was captured, arrested and charged with two counts of capital murder and 23 counts of aggravated assault. Take a look at some video and images of the tragic scene below.

On the SXSW website this morning SXSW Managing Director Roland Swenson had this to say:

‘The SXSW staff is stunned and deeply moved by the events of last night. Dozens of us were on the scene when the incident occurred and we worked closely with APD to create a perimeter around the area, turning back all the visitors spilling out of the clubs who headed north on Red River Street. To avoid confusion we plan to carry on with our scheduled daytime events at the Austin Convention Center in order to serve our tens of thousands of participants during this tragic time. All of the SXSW staff and volunteers reported for their regular duties this morning and will continue working today on the event. We are contacting all of the venues to find out if they have made any decisions about their operations that might impact our visitors. Despite all of our preparations for dealing with a major incident during SXSW, nothing could really prepare us for how this feels. As much as we would like to just go home and spend time absorbing the shock of this horrific event, we feel our best use is to continue to operate today. One of the fatalities was a SXSW registrant, a gentleman from the Netherlands. Our thoughts and prayers are with the injured and with the families of the fatalities.’

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via NY Times