Flexing his skills with a burnout, a driver unintentionally injured 14 spectators when he sent burning fuel over the crowd during a drag-racing event in Alice Springs, Australia.
Out of respect for the victims, the organisers of Red CentreNATS immediately suspended all further activities and shut down the event, reports The Guardian:
“This is a distressing situation, however all patients are receiving the care they need,” a spokesperson said in a statement on Sunday.
Following the incident, the Royal Flying Doctor Service were required to airlift a man, 48, and his 19-year-old son to the Royal Adelaide Hospital where one of them are in crucial condition.
Both men suffered burns to 20% of their bodies, including the face. Police are now investigating.
Video footage of the horrifying moment has since emerged – take a look at what went down:
Hours later, reports ABC, one of the injured men, Jay Marafioti from Darwin, posted photographs of himself to his Facebook page:
Marafioti casually said of the incident:
“So it’s been a bit of a shit situation this afternoon but we’re all doing good and everyone is still cracking jokes with each other.
“Just like to say that in no way do we blame the driver of the car for anything that’s happened.
“Accidents happen and sometimes they’re unavoidable but that’s just a part of life.”
He said the injuries had not deterred his love of the sport, but he intended to stand a bit further away from the fence in the future.
You might have realised this wasn’t the only tragic fire-related incident that happened this weekend.
On Saturday, a Burning Man attendee ran into the flames during a burn and it appears someone who was there has now shared footage of the incident.
Warning, it’s pretty graphic – you can head HERE to watch it. No word on what influenced him to do such a thing.
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