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SXSW issues statement on fatal accident

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South by Southwest has released an official statement on the accident that killed two people and injured 23 more — five critically — at the festival Wednesday night.

“Our thoughts and prayers go out to those affected by the tragic accident that took place last night here in Austin,” the statement begins. “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. All other programming will continue as previously scheduled.

“Please watch this website and twitter.com/sxsw for updates throughout the day.”