A man has been critically injured in a drag racing accident at a Sydney raceway.
Paramedics were called to Sydney Dragway about 5.15pm today to what a witness described as a fire involving a car’s engine, a New South Wales Ambulance spokesperson told 9News.com.au.
Top Fuel Australia confirmed there’d been a “start line incident” involving the Jim Read Racing team at today’s Nitro Champs at the Eastern Creek venue.
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Sydney Dragway’s live stream of the event appeared to show an explosion at the rear of driver Phil Read’s car as it lined up on the start line.
Officials rushed to help someone seen lying on the ground immediately after the bang.
Host Chad Neylon, was only metres away from the car at the time while introducing the upcoming race, said there appeared to have been a “start line issue here when they went to clear the engine”.
“I can tell you that the crew down here at the moment are treating two crew members (from) Jim Read Racing,” he said, on the telecast.
“… There’s quite a bit of a shock down here at the moment. Not what we were expecting and not what we wanted to see here for the second round of racing.”
The ambulance spokesperson said four people were taken to hospital, including a man believed to be in his 20s, who was in a critical condition at Westmead Hospital.
He said the man suffered burns while others received minor injuries.
Top Fuel Australia asked fans to “send love and care” to the affected team.
“A full investigation is underway with IHRA Australia, the sanctioning body at Sydney Dragway,” the organisation said about 8.15pm, on Facebook.
“Given that, Top Fuel won’t make any further comment at this time except to say that our thoughts are with the team members involved, and that they’re all in good hands.”