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2014-06-02 08:01

TRAGEDY STRIKES: Three people were killed and six others injured in two separate crashes during the Jim Clark rally in Scotland on Saturday, May 31. Image: AP/Danny Lawson

LONDON, England - Police have named the three people killed on Saturday (May 31 2014) when a rally car ploughed into a group of spectators in Scotland.

John Provan (64), Elizabeth Allan (63), and John Leonard Stern (71), each from near Glasgow, were killed when a rally driver lost control of his car during the Jim Clark rally near Kelso, close to the English border.

A fourth spectator was critically injured.

INCIDENT INVESTIGATIONS

Another five people suffered minor injuries when a car collided with spectators in an earlier crash during the same rally, police said. "Investigations into both incidents are ongoing," Police Scotland said in a statement.

Witness Colin Gracey, 46, called the incident "traumatic". Gracey said: "I think it was the seventh car coming through and it just veered sharply after taking the bridge and it went right into the field hitting the people who stood there. It was shocking."

The three-day rally on closed roads is named for Scottish Formula 1 driver Jim Clark, himself killed in a motor-racing crash in Germany in 1968.
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