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Police: Car drives into SXSW crowd, leaving two dead and dozens injured

More than two dozen people are injured –– five critically –– and two are dead after a car careened into a crowd outside a concert venue at the popular South by Southwest music and entertainment festival, according to a post to the Austin Police Department official Twitter page.

A general view of atmosphere at the premiere of "Chef" during the 2014 SXSW Music, Film + Interactive Festival at the Paramount Theatre on March 7 in Austin, Texas.
Photo by Michael Buckner

The incident, according to a report from the Associated Press, took place just after midnight central time, after which accounts from witnesses began pouring in to social media sites.

The department tweeted about an incident at 9th and Red River streets in Austin, Texas, where the SXSW festival is held annually, which Fox 7 News in Austin indicates is outside a local concert hall called The Mohawk.

People at the scene have taken to social media sites like Twitter and Instagram to upload photos of the scene.

Police are asking those who witnessed the car crashing into the crowd of pedestrians to talk to police at the scene.

Lt. Brian Moore, in a briefing, said 21 people were transported to hospitals, most suffering just minor injuries.

Five people injured in the accident, Moore said, did suffer more serious injuries.