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12 Australians injured after burning fuel sprayed into crowd at motorsport event
Last Updated: 2017-09-04 11:10 | Xinhua
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A man is in a critical condition, and 11 others were injured, after burning fuel was sprayed into the crowd at an Australian motorsport event Sunday night.

The 12 spectators at the Red CentreNATS event in Alice Springs were burned when a car sent ignited fuel flying while doing a burnout on the track, said a statement by the Northern Territory Major Events Company on Monday.

Of the injured, four people were transferred to the Royal Adelaide Hospital, more than 1,500 km away, by the Royal Flying Doctors Service including a 48-year-old New South Wales man and his 19-year-old son, one of whom was in a critical condition.

They sustained burns to 20 percent of their bodies, including their face.

Five others remained in Alice Springs Hospital in a stable condition on Monday morning while two others were released.

Thousands of spectators from across Australia attended the event which is one of the country's biggest motorsport events.

"Due to the incident, the organizers ceased the competition so the focus can be on the people who are in need of assistance," the statement said.

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

"(We) acknowledge the respect that attendees gave to the situation and encourage any spectators affected to seek support and medical assistance."

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