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Thursday, March 13, 2014

Fatal Crash at South by Southwest Festival Was a ‘One-Minute Event’

Video of the scene after a car plowed through a crowd at SXSW’s music festival in Austin, Tex. Video by Socrates Villarreal and posted on YouTube.

Two people were killed and 23 others injured early Thursday morning after a car plowed through a barricade and onto streets filled with revelers attending the South by Southwest music festival in Austin, Tex., as my colleague, Dan Bilefsky reports.

On Twitter and YouTube, shared images showed people who had been thrown to the ground on Red River Street, near 10th Street, by the Mohawk Bar.

Reporters posted updates on Twitter from a news conference held at around 2:30 a.m. by the Austin police chief, Art Acevedo. Another briefing is expected at 11:30 a.m., Eastern time.

South by Southwest, or SXSW, once associated with little-known bands trying to break into the industry, has morphed into a large and popular annual music, film, and interactive conference.