Three people killed as tragedy halts Jim Clark Rally
Last Updated: 01/06/14 12:21am
Police investigate the scene at Coldstream where two people after thought to have died
One woman and two men have been killed and six others injured in two separate accidents during a road rally in Scotland.
The crashes took place during the Jim Clark Rally at Little Swinton, in the Scottish Borders.
The first accident occurred at 2.05pm when a car left the road and collided with five people.
Two men sustained fractures in the crash, while two other people received minor injuries.
A girl was also taken to hospital where she remains in intensive care.
The second crash occurred around 4pm when another car left the road, striking four spectators.
Police Scotland Superintendent Phil O'Kane said one woman and two men were pronounced dead at the scene.
A fourth person was taken to hospital in Edinburgh, he added.
Police say the two drivers involved in the crashes were not injured.
Scotland's First Minister Alex Salmond has expressed his sadness following the two accidents.
"This is desperately sad and difficult news from the Borders of the tragic circumstances that have occurred at the Jim Clark Rally," he said.
"The police have confirmed three fatalities and my thoughts are with all of those involved and the families and loved ones of those who have lost their lives.
"The government is in contact with Police Scotland and we await the outcome of their inquiries. The Jim Clark Rally is a long-standing event of over 40 years.
"It is much loved in the Borders and by the rally driving community who I know will share in our sadness at what is a black day for the Borders and for Scotland."
The Jim Clark Rally takes place over three days on closed roads in the Duns and Kelso areas.
The rally course is described on the event's website as having "a reputation for being fast with big jumps, ditches and hedges".
The event is named after Scottish Formula One driver Jim Clark, who was raised in the area. Clark died in a motor racing accident in Hockenheim, Germany, in 1968.