AKIPRESS.COM - The Russian government says it's relieved that nobody died in a weekend taxi crash in Moscow that injured two Mexican football fans and six other pedestrians.
A taxi veered onto the sidewalk near Red Square on Saturday, striking the pedestrians. Police say the taxi driver told interrogators that he hadn't slept for 20 hours and accelerated accidentally.
The crash came as Russia is hosting the World Cup in Moscow and 10 other cities.
Russian President Vladimir Putin's spokesman Dmitry Peskov told reporters Monday that "we breathed a sigh of relief" upon learning that there were no fatalities. He wished the injured a speedy recovery.
City authorities identified the driver, who has been detained, as a 28-year-old man from Kyrgyzstan.
Kyrgyzstan's Prime Minister Muhammedkaliy Abilgaziyev apologized to the victims of the crash and invited them to come to the country for treatment and vacation.
"What happened should not become a cause for persecution and abuse of our citizens working in Russia. This was an accident," Abilgaziyev said.
Moscow police said Saturday that they were investigating the taxi crash as a traffic accident.