”It’s too early to say exactly what’s happened here”.

A total of seventeen people have been injured after a high speed crash at an event in the UK, according to police in Hertfordshire.

Two vehicles collided last night in Stevenage, as car enthusiasts gathered to raise money for charity.

It’s understood a group of people watching were hit, and some of those injured are seriously hurt.

The local fire service said they used cutting gear to free one person trapped in a vehicle, as well as providing trauma care to a “large number of other casualties”.

Event organiser Rix Sidhu said: “We are devastated. I’ve been running this for 10 years and we have never had one incident.

“We were raising money for charity, as we often do, and there was no speed element to it.

“We held the meet in a car park with a speed bump at the entrance. But unfortunately some people went a bit rogue.”

He added: “We try and stop that, we urge people – urge them on social media beforehand – not to go out on the roads, not to risk injury or anything.”

The UK’s road safety minister Michael Ellis says at the moment the exact circumstances are unclear so it’s “too early” to say exactly what happened.