SXSW: “Our thoughts and prayers” with victims

WASHINGTON — South By Southwest festival organizers have issued a statement following Thursday’s accident that left two people dead and 23 others injured.

“Our thoughts and prayers go out to those affected by the tragic accident that took place last night here in Austin. We appreciate and commend the first responders, as well as the city agencies who so quickly sprung into action,” the statement says.

Read the full statement here.

Organizers say they will be making schedule and venue changes in the surrounding area where a suspected drunken driver plowed into a group of festivalgoers while attempting to flee from police.

The driver is being charged with two counts of capital murder and 23 counts of aggravated assault with a vehicle.

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