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(AUSTIN, Texas) — Two people have died and five others are in critical condition after a vehicle plowed into a crowd of people near a venue for the South by Southwest festival in Austin, Texas early Thursday morning, police said.

Austin Police confirmed the accident, stating that 21 people were transported to area hospitals.

Austin Police Lt. Brian Moon said the driver — who has since been taken into custody — crashed through temporary barricades set up for the festival.

“The driver continued to drive after crashing through the barricades and hit numerous pedestrians before the vehicle stopped,” Moon told ABC News Radio.

The accident happened around 12:30 a.m. at the intersection of Red River Street and East 10th Street, near several clubs. Photos taken at the scene show victims laying in the street, with emergency vehicles responding.

The Austin-Travis County EMS also responded to the accident, according to ABC News affiliate KVUE.

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