Young racing star survives horror car crash – she felt her "organs were moving"

Leading harness racing junior Alicia Harrison feels lucky to be alive following a head-on car collision which left her feeling like her "organs were moving".

Harrison, who was sitting in the back seat on the passenger side of the vehicle, broke her sternum as well as suffering from burns from her seatbelt.

The incident took place when their car was struck by a pick-up truck 30 minutes away from the town of Cambridge in the Australian city of Perth.

Although she faces months away from the race track, Harrison admits that she her friends feel lucky to alive, with several others being taken to hospital.

Eight people were taken to hospital in total, with two in a serious condition.

"It was very scary," Harrison told Harness Link from her bed at Waikato Hospital.

“One minute we are having a great time, the next minute we could have all been dead."

Adding: “I was on my phone and I heard this yelling. I felt my internal organs moving – I felt like I was on fire.

"I wasn’t happy when I heard that I won’t be back (raceday) driving for at least three months.

"There will be six weeks of no lifting… I know I’m going to have to be careful."

Harness racing is a form of horse racing in which the animal pulls a two-wheeled cart, which is occupied by a driver.

Popular in both Australia and New Zealand, events take place on a dirt racetrack between mixed genders.

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