A man is reportedly fighting for his life after an explosion in a vehicle at a drag racing event held in Sydney this weekend.
A man is reportedly fighting for his life following a “terrifying” explosion at the start line of a hot rod event in Sydney.
Dramatic video from trackside showed a fireball erupting from a car surrounded by people with a man lying injured on the asphalt.
Paramedics were called to the Sydney Dragway in Eastern Creek in the city’s west at 5.15pm on Saturday evening following the incident.
The NSW Ambulance Service told Channel 9 that four people were taken to hospital including one who was critically injured following the explosion.
One person received burns while three others had minor injuries. News.com.au has contacted the NSW Ambos for comment.
A video from the event clearly showed the horror event unfolding at the Australian Top Fuel Championship, a high profile new drag racing tournament held over two days.
As a commentator relays the day’s action, an explosion occurs in one of the vehicles behind him. seemingly with no warning.
At the time there looked to be at least nine people in closing proximity to the racing car which was part of the Jim Read racing team.
The presenter instinctively ducked down mid broadcast and simply said “whoa” as the fireball erupted. Screams could be heard from the stand.
When the camera spun back to the car, a man clad in a yellow vest could be seen lying on the floor as people swarmed around to help him.
On Facebook, later on Saturday, Sydney Dragway posted a comment about the event.
“Earlier today, there was a start line incident involving one of the teams competing,” it stated.
“A full investigation is underway into the cause of the incident in question in conjunction with the organisers of the Australian Top Fuel Championship and the sanctioning body at Sydney Dragway, International Hot Rod Association Australia.
“Our thoughts are with the team members involved and hope to see them back at the racetrack soon.”
Commenting on social media, one person said it was “loud, like a grenade”.
“I was 50 metres away and the concussion shook me”.
Others said it was a “massive explosion” and “terrifying”.
“I was behind the barrier, next to it,” said spectator Di.
“It happened so quickly and we felt the heat.”
Originally published as Four injured after fireball at Sydney drag racing event