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Four people remained in hospital on Monday, two in critical condition, after a weekend drag racing crash in Texas that killed two children, police said.

The crash happened during a Saturday racing event on a runway at the Kerrville-Kerr County Airport, about 50 miles northwest of San Antonio. Thirty-four-year-old driver Michael Gonzales lost control of his Ford Mustang halfway down a track laid out on one of the airport runways, according to a local police statement.

The car started to fishtail before sliding out of control off the runway and into a grassy area from which spectators were watching. The vehicle struck spectators before hitting a trailer and coming to a stop. Police have not released the identities of the two boys, aged six and eight, who were killed in the crash.

In a statement on Monday, police said two women – a 27-year-old from Taylor, Texas, and a 46-year-old from Converse, Texas – were in critical condition at University Hospital in San Antonio. Gonzales was in stable condition at a San Antonio hospital. Two other adults were treated for minor injuries at the crash scene and released, and a four-year-old boy and a three-month-old girl were examined at a Kerrville hospital and released.

Thousands attended the organized event, which involved drivers speeding down a runway as they competed for cash.