The organisers of the Jim Clark Rally, the MSA and Police Scotland have released statements following a fatal incident on the Kelso-based event today (31st May).
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.
Out of respect for those injured in the incidents on the 31st May and with due consideration for the feelings and goodwill of the community, the Stewards in consultation with Clerks of the Course have decided that the Reivers Rally to be held on the 1st June has been abandoned.
R. J. Reed D Swinton J Fenwick
Motor Sports Association (MSA):
The Motor Sports Association and everyone in the motor sport community is devastated by the terrible events this afternoon on the Jim Clark Rally. The families and friends of those who have lost their lives and of those who have been injured are in all our thoughts as they face such an awful situation.
Police Scotland are now in control of all aspects of the investigations into the two accidents and both the Police and hospital authorities will issue further bulletins when they can. Everyone waits anxiously for some better news of those who have been injured.
As with any serious incident, today’s accidents will also be subject to full enquiries by the MSA to ensure that any lessons are learned to assist in the constant drive to provide the highest possible safety standards at all motor sport events.
Police Scotland – Corporate Communications – East:
Serious road collisions, Jim Clark Rally
Police Scotland are investigating two road collisions at the Jim Clark Rally in the Scottish Borders this afternoon.
A serious incident occurred 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 Jim Clark Rally was stopped at that time.
An earlier incident occurred 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.