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Fatal Jim Clark Rally smash witness describes scene of horror

By Paul Ward and Andy Philip

An eyewitness to a rally car crash that killed three spectators said the vehicle ploughed into the crowd like a "bowling ball hitting skittles".

The two men and one woman were killed in what was the second of two crashes during the Jim Clark Rally in the Scottish Borders on Saturday afternoon.

They were identified by Police Scotland as Iain John Provan (64) and Elizabeth Allan (63), from Barrhead, near Glasgow, and 71-year-old John Leonard Stern, known as Len, from Bearsden, near Glasgow.

Two injured men, both 61, remain in hospital – one is stable and one is in a critical but stable condition in Edinburgh Royal Infirmary.

The fatal accident took place at about 4pm at Little Swinton, near Coldstream.

Colin Gracey has watched the rally for years from the same spot close to where the crashed happened. The 46-year-old teacher described the incident as "traumatic".

He said: "We went down there, as we've been doing for about 17 years, to the same place we watch it from just up from the bridge.

"I think it was the seventh car coming through and it just veered very sharply after taking the bridge and it went right into the field hitting the people who were stood there. It was shocking.

"I was there with my family, my three children, and we go to the same place every year and always watch it from there. It was very traumatic. It was like a bowling ball hitting skittles. It was awful, absolutely awful."

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