A driver was shot by police after a truck ploughed into cyclists involved in a bike race, leaving six of them critically injured.

Police in the US city of Show Low, Arizona, said a Ford pickup truck crashed into the cyclists at about 7.25am local time on Saturday.

The driver - a 35-year-old man - fled the scene in the truck and was shot by officers as they attempted to stop the vehicle, a spokesperson said.

The man was in a critical but stable condition in hospital.

Six cyclists, who were taking part in a race called Bike the Bluff, were rushed to hospital, with one being airlifted to a major trauma centre.

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Four were in a critical condition and two were in critical but stable condition, said police.

Two other people who were injured walked into a hospital and were stable.

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