NE Scotland, Orkney & Shetland

Granite City car rally spectator still 'critical' after crash

Crash scene at Granite City Rally
Image caption The collision happened at the Granite City Rally in Durris Forest

A man who was seriously injured when a car left a forest track and hit four spectators during a rally near Banchory is in a critical but stable condition.

Grampian Police said the man, believed to be in his 50s, had undergone surgery.

He suffered "life-threatening" leg and pelvic injuries in the crash during the Granite City Rally in Durris Forest on Saturday.

Three others were hurt. Investigations into the incident were continuing.

Organisers said the collision occurred after one of the rally cars came off the track and a number of spectators went to help.

A few minutes later another driver apparently lost control at the same spot and collided with the four men.

The most seriously injured was airlifted to Aberdeen Royal Infirmary.

The three others were taken by ambulance. One of them suffered minor injuries, while the other two sustained serious injuries which were described as "not life-threatening".

Grampian Police said crash investigators would work closely with the procurator fiscal, race organisers and Aberdeenshire Council to carry out a full inquiry into the circumstances of the incident.

The Granite City Rally is billed as "the biggest motorsport event in the north east of Scotland".

The course runs for 44 miles (71km), in five stages, and is the third round in the Scottish Rally Championship.

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