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Three fatalities after rally cars crash into spectators

Three people have been killed and six injured following two crashes at the Jim Clark Rally in the Scottish Borders this afternoon.

UPDATE 9.30pm: Police Scotland have said the most serious crash took place at about 4pm when a rally car hit spectators when it came off the road near Kelso.

Three of them were pronounced dead at the scene. A fourth spectator is in a critical condition in Edinburgh Royal Infirmary.

Two hours earlier, another rally car hit five people. One is in a serious condition in hospital, while four were treated at the scene.

The rally was cancelled after the fatal crash.

UPDATE 9pm: It is now being reported that three people have been killed in the rally.

Sky News reports race organisers have confirmed the three fatalities.

The ages and identities of the three spectators is not yet known.

7.30pm:

It has been reported that a 49-year-old man and at least one other have died following a collision at the rally.

There have been unconfirmed reports that a number of spectators have been seriously injured after being struck by a vehicle.

The emergency services are at the scene of the incident, at Little Swinton near Coldstream.

The remainder of the event has now been cancelled.

Jim Clark Rally organisers said in a statement on Facebook: “The Jim Clark Rally was stopped on SS16 earlier this afternoon following an incident.

“Police and Medical personnel are in attendance at the scene. A further statement will be issued in due course.”

 

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