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Abu Dhabi, UAEFriday 22 June 2018

Australia race car sprays flames into crowd hurting 12

Footage taken by spectators at the Red CentreNATS event in Alice Springs showed fuel igniting and flames being thrown over fans from a car skidding in circles

Twelve people were injured on Monday when a car at a drag racing event in Australia sprayed burning fuel over the crowd.

One person was in a critical condition while the other others were battling serious injuries.

The incident happened at the Red CentreNATS event in Alice Springs on Sunday, with footage taken by spectators showing fuel igniting and flames being thrown over fans from a car skidding in circles.

"Twelve patients are currently being treated at Alice Springs Hospital. One patient is in a critical condition and the remaining 11 are in a serious but stable condition," organisers said.

"This is a distressing situation, however all patients are receiving the care they need."

Billed as the "Ultimate Festival of Wheels", the event attracts thousands of motoring enthusiasts to central Australia for a weekend of racing and entertainment.

Organisers shut down the event after the incident, with police and fire authorities investigating.