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Three spectators have been killed in an accident on the Jim Clark Rally in Scotland, a round of the British Rally Championship.

In an official statement, the organising club said:

“The organisers of the Jim Clark Rally are devastated to confirm that three people have been killed while spectating on today’s event. The thoughts and prayers of everyone connected with the event are with the family and friends of those involved in this tragic accident.

This was the 44th running of the Jim Clark Rally, which has always been held in the Borders area of Scotland, around the town of Duns, home of Scottish motor racing legend Jim Clark. The event has previously had an excellent safety record.

The accident took place during Special Stage 16, Swinton, and the remaining two stages of the rally were immediately abandoned. Tomorrow’s Reivers Rally has also been abandoned.

The incident is now in the hands of Police Scotland. Berwick and District Motor Club, Border Ecosse Car Club and the governing body, the Motor Sports Association, are co-operating fully with the Police investigation. As with any serious incident on a motor sport event, the MSA will conduct its own thorough enquiry once the Police investigation is concluded.”

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