A SCENE OF HORROR - THAT IS HOW A MADISON MAN DESCRIBES
WHAT HE SAW LAST NIGHT AT THE SOUTH-BY-SOUTHWEST FESTIVAL
IN AUSTIN, TEXAS.
A CAR - DRIVEN BY A SUSPECTED DRUNK DRIVER PLOWED
INTO A LARGE CROWD AT THE FESTIVAL.
IT LEFT TWO PEOPLE DEAD - TWO OTHERS IN CRITICAL CONDITION
AND SENT A TOTAL OF 23 PEOPLE TO THE HOSPITAL
TODAY NEWS 3 REPORTER DAVE DELOZIER SPOKE WITH SEVERAL
PEOPLE FROM MADISON WHO WERE THERE AND JOINS US.
ERIC - THE SOUTH-BY-SOUTHWEST FESTIVAL DRAWS TENS
OF THOUSANDS OF VISITOR TO AUSTIN.
WE SPOKE TODAY WITH TWO PEOPLE FROM MADISON WHO WENT
THERE FOR THE MUSIC FESTIVAL - AND SAW THINGS CHANGE
he just ran through a bunch of people.
where you at? 10th and red river
FLEEING POLICE - THE SUSPECTED DRUNK DRIVER WENT THROUGH
BARRICADES AND PLOWED INTO A CROWD.
TWO PEOPLE WERE KILLED AND 23 OTHERS WERE SENT TO
TWO ARE IN CRITICAL CONDITION.
A MADISON MAN - ADAM BRAUS DESCRIBES THE SCENE.
we were just like, what was that.
there was something really wrong going on down there
and it just looked like a ghost town.
where there would have been thousands of people in
the street for those two blocks it was just a ghost
town all the way down...this kind of eerie disaster.
FORMER MADISON ALDER BRIDGET MANIANCI WAS ALSO THERE.
SHE CAME TO SOUTH-BY-SOUTHWEST TO SEE HOW AUSTIN HANDLES
THIS LARGE EVENT.
it is a very scary thing.
i woke up to my text messages and a couple of voice
mails on my phone with friends and family who knew
that i was close by want to find out if i had been
there and if i was alright.
i think we saw through this that when people say we're
more connected througjh social media that that is
true and that people are being able to put important
messages through the media like, i'm ok.
THE DRIVER OF THE CAR IS FACING TWO COUNTS OF CAPITAL
MURDER AND 23 COUNTS OF AGRAVATED ASSUALT WITH A VEHICLE.
AUSTIN AND OTHER COMMUNITIES WHO HOST LARGE EVENTS
ARE LEFT TO WONDER HOW THIS COULD HAVE HAPPENED.
here's a city that put this on for many years and
every year they go back and tweek it, much like madison
does with many of its large events, whether it is
ironman or taste of madison or halloween and so there's
always new lessons that can be learned and more things
to look at.
MADISON AND AUSTIN ARE CULTURALLY SIMILAR COMMUNITIES
- SO IT SHOULD COME AS NO SURPRISE THERE ARE CONNECTIONS.
IN FACT A LOCAL BAND - PHOX - IS SCHEDULED TOMORROW
NIGHT - TO PLAY AT A VENUE CLOSE TO WHERE THIS HAPPENED.
-- ERIC --