Seven injured in Moscow after taxi crashes into pedestrians

Police in Moscow say at least seven people have been injured after a taxi crashed into pedestrians on a pavement near Red Square.

Officers say the driver in the crash on Saturday has been detained. Preliminary information indicated the driver lost control of the vehicle.

The country is currently hosting the World Cup, which kicked off in the Russian capital on Thursday at the Luzhniki Stadium, while the Otkrytie Arena in Moscow played host to Argentina’s 1-1 draw with Iceland on the day of the crash.

Mexico are due to play Germany at the Luzhniki Stadium on Sunday in the city and two Mexican women are in a stable condition after the incident, the country’s embassy in Moscow said on Twitter.

The embassy said the women had been lightly injured and were receiving consular assistance.

Police initially said eight people were injured, but later said seven had sought medical attention.

The agency that monitors Moscow’s traffic safety said the driver is a citizen of the former Soviet republic of Kyrgyzstan who told police that the crash was not intentional.

The accident took place on Ilinka Street, about 200m from Red Square and Moscow’s famous GUM shopping arcade.

Moscow is one of 11 Russian cities where tournament games are being played.