SXSW Car Accident Kills Two Pedestrians, Injures 23

by at .  Updated at . Comments

Tragedy struck the 2014 SXSW Music, Film + Interactive Festival last night.

A car broke through a barricade at the event in Austin around 12:30 a.m., killing two attendees and injuring 23 more.

According to local police, the wounded were treated at a hospital, with up to seven suffering serious injuries.

Accident Scene

“This is extremely unusual,” Lt. Moon of the Austin Police Dept. told Rolling Stone. “There have been some very rare instances of vehicles striking pedestrians in the entertainment area, but this is the first time it’s ever affected a SXSW event.”

The unidentified driver has been taken into custody and his blood-alcohol level is under investigation.

Authorities say he swerved to avoid a DUI check point; drove the wrong way down a one-way street; and then accelerated into a crowd of people standing behind a temporary barricade.

He will reportedly be charged with two counts of capital murder and 23 counts of aggravated assault.

The victims were in line for a Tyler, the Creator show, which was canceled shortly after the accident took place, much to the chagrin of the artist.

“Show Isnt Happening, Something Sad Happened. I’m Bummed,” Tyler, the Creator Tweeted.

The SXSW festival opened on March 7 and runs through March 16. It features concerts, movie premieres and a lot more from the world of music, movies and television.

Tags: ,
Like Us On Facebook

More From The Hollywood Gossip


Brady Oestrike Accused of Killing Pregnant Teen, Decapitating Boyfriend After Craigslist Meetup

Brady Oestrike is suspected of murdering an eight-months-pregnant teenager and decapitating her boyfriend, and all because of a Craigslist sex ad.

Wife's Sex Spreadsheet Shows Female Perspective, Previews Evental Divorce

This latest sex spreadsheet to hit the web tells a dramatically different story from the one that went viral yesterday.

Girl Scout Barbie: Doll Sparks Controversy Over Group's Principles, Corporate Sponsorship

Girl Scout Barbie may be coming soon to a store near you, but not everyone is happy about the message that sends.

Woman Snaps Selfie in Stolen Boutique Dress, Get Arrested

A woman in Illinois stole stole some dresses from a store in Illinois, posted selfies with them online and then got arrested.