[WATCH] Video emerges of Maltese driver involved in Piedimonte racing accident

A video uploaded on YouTube by one of the spectators shows the moment a racing car swerved out of control, driving into the spectators and injuring seven

A screen grab shows the moment the Maltese driver crashed into a group of spectators, standing right around the curve
A screen grab shows the moment the Maltese driver crashed into a group of spectators, standing right around the curve
Driver crashes into spectators in Sicily race

A video uploaded on YouTube shows the moment a racing car ploughed into a group of spectators, injuring seven, before crashing into a parked truck in Sicily.

The video, shot by one of the spectators, shows a modified Ford Escort – driven by 26-year-old Ryan Mangion – crashing into the group of people who were following the Piedimonte Etneo Hillclimb at one of the race’s many curves.

Mangion, of the Fanal Racing Team, is one of Malta’s most experienced drivers having participated in many local and foreign competitions and having also attended a number of race driving courses.

Ryan Mangion, of Fanal Racing Team, is an experienced driver
Ryan Mangion, of Fanal Racing Team, is an experienced driver

Numerous Maltese drivers are known to travel to Sicily frequently for weekend motorsport activities and this is the first time that such an accident involved a Maltese driver.

Many who follow the sports have turned to Mangion’s Facebook to offer their support.

The reason and dynamics of the accident have yet to be established by the Italian Carabinieri who are investigating the accident that took place on Sunday at around 11.30am.

The Malta Motorsport Federation confirmed that Mangion was not injured in the crash and expressed its solidarity with those injured, including a 15-year-old boy and a 41-year-old woman who underwent surgery.

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