By Chris King • 20 August 2022 • 18:18
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A rally driver lost control of his vehicle this Saturday, August 20, while competing in a car slalom event in the village of Patergassen, in the Carinthia district of Austria. His car left the road and crashed into a group of spectators, leaving at least 10 people injured.
Some of the race fans are believed to be in a serious condition in hospital, including one child. Andreas Foditsch, the commander of the Patergassen volunteer fire brigade told krone.at: “Everyone is in shock”.
The incident occurred at around 4pm during the ‘Carinthia Race Cup’, in the Falkert/Wiederschwing sports arena in Patergassen. A driver lost control of his vehicle in one of the bends, and subsequently crashed through the fence into the watching spectators.
“Suddenly, we heard screams, people looking for help ran towards us”, an eyewitness told the Krone publication.
Karl Lessiak, the mayor of the municipality of Ebene Reichenau, said: “I’m shocked”. According to previous information, 10 people were injured in the accident, two of them seriously. A child is among the seriously injured. The driver of the 380hp Toyota was unharmed in the accident.
The seriously injured were airlifted to a hospital by a rescue helicopter, and the event was cancelled. Fire brigade personnel, the Red Cross, and the Johanniter (Austrian St John’s Ambulance) were all dispatched to the scene of the accident. Doctors and a team of psychologists were also deployed.
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Originally from Wales, Chris spent years on the Costa del Sol before moving to the Algarve where he is a web reporter for The Euro Weekly News covering international and Spanish national news.
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