7 pedestrians injured by taxi near Red Square in Moscow

Police in Moscow said Saturday eight people were injured when a taxi crashed into pedestrians on a sidewalk near Red Square.

Police said they have detained the driver, saying the person apparently lost control of the vehicle.

A taxi has plowed into a crowd of pedestrians in central Moscow, injuring several people, including soccer fans from Mexico supporting their national team in soccer's World Cup that Russian Federation is hosting.

"According to preliminary information, seven people were injured", TASS cited the source as saying.

Argentina took on Iceland at the Sparatak Stadium in Moscow earlier today.

A witness said some of the people struck by the taxi were wearing Mexican team colors, Reuters reported.

Pictures on social media show a taxi with its front bumper completely ripped off, and several ambulances at the scene.

An eyewitness who would only give his first name, "Emin", told CNN he helped capture the driver, who "did not look drunk to me". Seven were in a satisfactory condition, according to a statement from Moscow city's healthcare department while one woman was seriously hurt.

The accident took place on Ilinka Street, about 200 metres from Red Square and Moscow's famous Gum shopping arcade.

Russian Federation is now hosting the World Cup, and promised "unprecedented" security measures in all cities hosting the games.

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