Seven World Cup fans injured after Moscow taxi crashes into crowd

A taxi mounted the pavement near Moscow's Red Square on Saturday evening, ploughing into a group of people and injuring eight.

Two Mexican nationals, who had come to Russian Federation for the World Cup, were among the injured in the incident.

Citing an unnamed source, Russia's Interfax news agency reported the cab driver fell asleep at the wheel and accidentally pressed the accelerator pedal.

It's not clear how badly injured the victims were, TASS said.

Police said they have detained the driver, saying the person apparently lost control of the vehicle.

The fans were reportedly from Mexico, who are in the city ahead of their opening match with Germany on Sunday, which is taking place in the Luzhniki stadium.

The city's mayor said the driver lost control of the auto, while Russia's Interfax news agency quoted an unnamed source as saying he had fallen asleep at the wheel. "He was shouting: "It wasn't me".

Moscow's traffic management authority said the taxi driver had a driver's license issued in Kyrgyzstan, a mainly Muslim ex-Soviet republic.

Asked if the driver appeared drunk, the witness said: "No, he wasn't drunk".

Two ambulances quickly arrived at the scene and seven people were taken to hospital.

Russian Federation hosts the 2018 FIFA World Cup from June 14 to July 15.

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