Police confirm rally deaths

Three people have now been confirmed dead after an accident this afternoon at the Jim Clark Rally in the Borders.

Police Scotland says it is investigating two road collisions at rally. One involved a serious incident at around 4pm when a rally car came off the road near Kelso and collided with spectators.

Emergency services attended and three people were pronounced dead at the scene.

The fourth person was conveyed to Edinburgh Royal Infirmary and is in a critical condition.

The rally was stopped at that time. An earlier incident occured at 2.05pm, when a rally car collided with five people.

Four people were treated at the scene and one person was conveyed to hospital where they are in a serious condition.

Police are in attendance at the scene and the investigation into both collisions is at an early stage.

Local MSP John Lamont lives close to the scene of the accident, at Swinton, and told The Southern: “This is tragic news for the Borders, and my thoughts and prayers are with the victims and their families.

“I know that the rally organisers place considerable emphasis on the safety of the spectators and drivers but with any event of this nature, there will always be an element of risk.

“I live just a few miles away from the scene of the accident and I know that everyone is shocked and saddened by this dreadful news.”