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Rally car crash injures spectators

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After a rally car spun off the track into a crowd of spectators at the Regency Stages Rally in Somerset, four people have been injured. The accident occurred at the Royal Bath and West Showground in Shepton Mallet, where the one-day event took place. Organised by the Weston-super-Mare Motor Club, 60 rally cars came from all over the county to compete across 10 stages.

The event saw around 200 spectators at the event, three of which happened to be a father and his two sons who were quite seriously injured in the accident. They were immediately taken to a nearby hospital, but an ambulance spokesperson said that the injuries did not appear to be life threatening.  The fourth person that was injured when the car spun off the track received medical treatment at the scene and did not require hospital treatment.

Rally driver in severe shock

Following the accident, the one-day event was allowed to continue as Avon and Somerset Police confirmed that changes had been made to the track and it was granted safe. A spokesman said that the rally driver involved in the crash was suffering from severe shock after the accident, but did not suffer any injuries. 

A Health and Safety Executive investigation is underway with assistance from the police. A spokesperson from the South Western Ambulance Service said that the crash had “had the potential to be much worse than it was” considering how many people attended the event.

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