Austin police: Driver kills 2 at South by Southwest

A drunk driver killed two people and injured dozens of others after he drove into a crowded street during SXSW.

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 leaving at least 23 people hurt.

Austin police Chief Art Acevedo (ah-suh-VAY'-doh) 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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