A Porsche 918 supercar, owned by British millionaire Paul Bailey, crashed into a crowd of people during a motor show in Malta Sunday, injuring 26 people.
The incident happened at the Paqpaqli ghal-Istrina motor show at an airport in Hal Farrug when the Porsche left the track and crashed into a section of attendees around 2 p.m., the Times of Malta reported.
"The car was speeding down the taxiway when a back wheel went on the grass," a witness told the newspaper. "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 the motor show said that an investigation into the accident is underway and added that the vehicle may be at fault.
The Telegraph reported that a 6-year-old girl
and four others were listed in critical condition after the crash.
Malta's health secretary Dr. Chris Fearne said that 13 people remained in the hospital and that 10 would need additional surgery. He said most of the motor show's injuries were head- and chest-related along with fractures.
"A number of operations will be held in the coming hours," according to the Times of Malta. "Psychologists are helping the victims. The police urged people not to approach Hal Farrug and visitors were kept well away."
On Monday, the 6-year-old girl injured in the accident was upgraded from critical condition along with her mother while six others were still awaiting procedures. Fearne said about 100 people sought psychological assistance in connection with the accident, according to the Times.
Bailey, a car enthusiast, sold his phone conferencing firm for $42.4 million in 2012, according to The Telegraph. The newspaper wrote that Bailey has purchased more than 30 supercars, including a McLaren P1, Porsche Spyder, and a customized Ferrari. He had flown four of his supercars to Malta for free to support the Malta Community Chest Fund.
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