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Three spectators perish after crashes at Scottish motor rally

Another six rally fans were injured in a separate incident two hours earlier.

Police at the scene near Kelso in the Scottish Borders after a rally car lost control during the rally.
Police at the scene near Kelso in the Scottish Borders after a rally car lost control during the rally.
Image: PA Wire/Press Association Images

THREE SPECTATORS DIED and another six were injured after two high speed crashes at the Jim Clark Rally in Scotland on Saturday.

Police confirmed that two men and a woman were pronounced dead on the scene after a rally car came off the road just outside Little Swinton. Another man, who was struck by the car, was taken to Edinburgh Royal Infirmary and is reported to be in a critical condition.

The incident took place at 4pm, two hours after another off-road crash near Crosshall Farm. Five people [one woman, four men] were hit by the car. Two of the men were taken to Borders General Hospital while a third was transported to Edinburgh soon after. The remaining man and woman were treated for minor injuries.

Jim Clark Rally crash Police at the scene near Little Swinton, Coldstream after a rally car lost control during the rally. Source: PA Wire/Press Association Images

Superintendent Phil O’Kane commented, “I’d like to offer my condolences from Police Scotland, Scottish Borders Council and the organisers of the Jim Clark Rally for the tragic circumstances that bring us here.”

A statement on the official rally website reads: “The organisers of the Jim Clark Rally would like to extend their heartfelt condolences and sympathy to all of the families and their friends who have been affected by today’s tragic events.

“Our thoughts are especially with those who have lost family members and to the families of the injured spectators.”

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