26 Injured After Supercar Crashes Into Crowd At Malta Motor Show – Reports

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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.)

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.

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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.

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.

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Photo via the Times of Malta

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DISCUSSION

I was at the scene when the accident happened.

It was 2PM and I was next to my car, which was at the static show, about 40m down from the crash site, and maybe 10m westwards (next to the BMW flag for those who were present)

I heard the brakes screech and looked back and all of a sudden saw a woman in white flying in the air, as well as the screaming and the final loud bang. It was too slow mo to describe in words.

I did not go too close as I am not a first aider or medical worker, and stayed where I was. Having a bit of crowd management knowledge I decided not to be too curious, but panic struck that my mates might be there so I moved 15m closer. I could see a handbag and a left trainer right there in the midst of it all. They were probably abandoned there by people in shock or someone who flew over the barrier after the crash. I thought someone flew over but I didn’t see the person. When I saw this I knew it was something really serious.

The accident was this serious not only because of the crowd present watching the 918, but behind the crowd at the barrier (approx 5-10m away from the barrier) was a stand of a local Toyota dealership, where people were trying out and viewing cars. One of the seriously injured got caught between a silver Yaris (whose bumper ended up on the 918) and was badly squashed with horrid injuries.

The car crashed into the “barrier” at high speed after a rear wheel went out of the track and made contact with the grass, which was probably moist after this morning’s humidity. Remember that the ‘track’ is normally an airport runway. Regarding this, the crowd barriers was a metal pipe weld crowd control ones. Plastic ones were present further in too but they did not contain any water inside, which could have lessoned the impact energy into the crowd. The metal barricades probably caused a lot of injuries.

Latest confirmed reports tonight are that 26 were injured, 4 of whom are clinical, 3 of which are tonight undergoing surgery.