Video has emerged of the moment 17 people were injured in a crash in Stevenage during a car meet.
Several were seriously injured in the collision yesterday just before 10pm in Monskwood Way.
Footage shows people being hit by the cars during an event that had been organised by Cruise-Herts.
They distanced themselves from the incident, saying it was a charity event for bereaved parents and denied that they were boy racers.
Spokesman Rix Sidhu told MailOnline: ‘We organise static meet-ups. We park up and walk about and admire the cars, we’ve even had families come in the past. We’ve been doing this for 10 years.
‘But we can’t control everyone and we don’t promote this. We are not boy racers, we are car enthusiasts.
‘We saw the [Toyota] come into the car park and recklessly do a donut manoeuvre,’ he said.
‘It pulled out of the car park on to the main road and then it was hit by the Nissan, which was coming at speed. I’d say at least 60 or 70mph.
‘I was walking down the main road to meet up with some friends and then I saw it happen.
‘The cars collided and then went into the crowd at speed. There were several younger people in the crowd, but they weren’t kids. They were about 18 years old-plus.’
Ambulance crews took 12 people to hospital following the collision in which a car appeared to pull out into the path of a car that was travelling at high speed.
Police remained at the scene this morning and have put out an appeal for footage of the collision and events leading up to it.
A spokeswoman said the number of people injured had risen to 17.
She added: ‘I am not aware of any fatalities or arrests at this stage, however investigations are ongoing.’
The East of England Ambulance Service said it had taken 12 people to three hospitals – Lister Hospital in Stevenage, Watford General Hospital and The Princess Alexandra Hospital in Harlow.
An air ambulance also attended the incident.
Footage posted on Twitter shows a car passing another vehicle before the two collide and plough into crowds.
One witness said on Twitter: ‘I’ve just witnessed that horrendous crash in #Stevenage, no more than 50ft away from me. I’m still trying to process it all.’
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