2 killed, 23 hurt in Texas music festival crash

People perform CPR on a woman after she was struck by a vehicle on Red River Street in downtown Austin, Texas, at SXSW on Wednesday March 12, 2014. Police say a man and woman have been killed after a suspected drunken driver fleeing from arrest crashed through barricades set up for the South By Southwest festival and struck the pair and others on a crowded street. (AP Photo/Austin American-Statesman, Jay Janner)

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — A suspected drunken driver has been arrested after his vehicle crashed through barricades during South By Southwest in Austin and went into a crowd — killing a man and a woman riding a moped and injuring at least 23 people.

Austin police Chief Art Acevedo says the crash happened early Thursday as the driver tried to evade an officer.

The suspect faces two counts of capital murder and 23 counts of aggravated assault with a vehicle.

The accident stunned revelers at the music, film and interactive conference that draws thousands to Austin each year. The street was full of concert-goers just minutes earlier, but officials had cleared the area because it is a fire lane.

Names of the victims weren’t immediately released.

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