Twenty six people sustained injuries following the crash of a Porsche 918 Spyder supercar into a crowd at the Paqpaqli ghal-Istrina motor show in Malta, according to reports from the Times of Malta.

(Note: The above link to the Times of Malta report contains graphic images and videos from the event.)

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Of the 26 injured, five reportedly received critical injuries and were taken to intensive care. Among those injured were the driver of the car — a professional driver, who is not in critical condition but has serious injuries — and a six-year-old girl in the audience.

The Times of Malta cited an eyewitness account, who described the incident:

“The car was speeding down the taxiway when a back wheel went on the grass. The car spun out of control, went through the barriers where a large crowd was watching, and into the area of the static car exhibition.

“Many people were hit, there was chaos and screams.”

A spokesman for event organizers told the Times of Malta that an investigation into what caused the wreck would have to occur, noting that the car or wheel possibly developed a fault with the professional driver behind the wheel.

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The motor show was a fundraising event, held to raise money for community charity L-Istrina. The president of Malta, Marie Louise Coleiro, postponed a trip to the United Kingdom in order to visit the scene and victims at the hospital.

An on-board video was taken from the vehicle just a few minutes prior to the incident:

Update: The Times of Malta reports that car owner and experienced driver Paul Bailey was behind the wheel of the Porsche 918. Bailey is a multi-millionaire and businessman who also owns a McLaren P1 and LaFerrari.


Photo via the Times of Malta

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