Eight people were taken to the hospital in Moscow where the 2018 World Cup is being held after a taxi ran into a crowd of people. According to police, the man behind the wheel said he had fallen asleep and accidentally pressed the accelerator pedal. He also expressed that he had worked all night and that he tried to run away out of fear.
Out of the eight people hurt, two were Mexican women who were reported to have been lightly injured. Among those hurt were a Ukrainian and two Russian citizens. Social media has already shared the video of the taxi driver in the yellow Hyundai pull sharply out of a line of stationary traffic and then accelerate and mount the narrow pavement which was packed with pedestrians. The taxi stopped after it hit a traffic sign. Bystanders tried to pull open the driver’s side door and as they did the driver jumped out and tried to run away before he was apprehended by bystanders.
The man who has been identified as Anarbek Uulu, 28 said that he had been driving for over twenty hours when he pressed on the accelerator instead of the brake, “I wanted to brake, I wanted to let someone through. I switched off for a second and hit the accelerator…then I saw the people.” Authorities are still questioning Uulu, but police have determined he was not drunk at the time of the accident.
A bystander said she saw what happened, “He was pulled out of the vehicle, he ran off but bystanders apprehended him. He was shouting, ‘It wasn’t me.'” People in the streets feared that it had been another terrorist attack but authorities have vowed to keep everyone safe while Russia hosts the World Cup. It is the first time that Russia hosts the World Cup which will be taking place in 11 cities until July 15.