Exene Cervenka of X, Black Angels React to 'Horror' Outside SXSW Gig

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People are treated after being struck by a vehicle on Red River Street in downtown Austin, Texas, during SXSW on Wednesday March 12, 2014.

Exene Cervenka, lead singer of legendary punk group X, emerged from her band's SXSW gig on Wednesday night to a scene of "horror" after a suspected drunk driver plowed into fans on Austin's Red River Street, killing two and injuring scores of festival goers.

X, along with Austin psych-rock band The Black Angels and rapper Tyler The Creator were on the bill for a House of Vans-sponsored showcase at the Mohawk for the annual SXSW gathering. 

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"I am so sorry that there was a horrible accident tonight in Austin. At gig," Cervenka wrote on Twitter. "Don't know details. Heard cops chased car? Maybe not, came out of gig horror, never know what is true anymore."

In a statement, The Black Angels said, "Our hearts go out to al those involved in the tragedy that happened on Red River tonight. Sigh… so sorry."

Tyler, The Creator's headlining show for the night was canceled due to the tragic incident. "Show Isnt Happening, Something Sad Happened. I'm Bummed," he said on Twitter.

On Thursday morning, SXSW released a statement, saying: "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.

"We will be making schedule and venue changes for programming in the surrounding area of last night’s events," the statement continued. "All other programming will continue as previously scheduled. Please watch ... twitter.com/sxsw for updates throughout the day."

The Mohawk, which offered their "thoughts and prayers" to the victims,  was schedued to host a performance by Cloud Nothings, Pains of Being Pure at Heart and Fucked Up at a Thursday afternoon showcase. A$AP Mob were scheduled as the headliner for Thursday evening's event.

A man and a woman were killed overnight after they were struck by a motorist near The Mohawk Austin, a popular club located at 912 Red River. The suspected drunken driver was trying to evade police when it crashed through barricades and collided with people on the crowded street. According to police, 23 others were injured, five critically, in the crash. The victims and the driver have not been named.


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