Mandurah mother among those injured in NT burnout gone wrong

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A MANDURAH mother suffered burns after a burnout display in the Northern Territory went wrong on Sunday.

The woman was reportedly rushed to hospital after the incident, in which a Bunbury driver’s burnout sprayed spectators with flame.

Four people remain in hospital in Adelaide with serious burns, including one in a critical condition.

Fourteen people were injured in the incident at the Red CentreNATS event on Sunday with Northern Territory Chief Minister Michael Gunner describing vision of the incident as “distressing”.

Four of the injured, including a 48-year-old man and his 19-year-old son who suffered burns to their face and arms, were airlifted to Adelaide while the others were treated in Alice Springs.

Medical officials said on Monday that six of those remained in hospital and four had since been discharged.

Police and NT WorkSafe are investigating but Mr Gunner warned against a “knee-jerk” reaction to cancel the fixture in future.

The Red CentreNATS features a variety of events from car displays to street cruises, stunt driving demonstrations and the burnout competition and brings a significant number of visitors to Alice Springs from across the country.

“Our priority at the moment is looking after the injured and then learning from what’s occurred,” Mr Gunner said.

“I think it’s really important that you don’t take knee-jerk reactions to this.

“We’ll take a deep breath, we’ll look at what’s occurred and we’ll respond appropriately to that.”

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