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  • 17 February 2013, 6:04

Scotland Car Rally Crash: Woman Dies

A woman who died when a car collided with spectators during a rally in the Scottish Highlands has been named by police.

Joy Robson, 50, from the Isle of Skye, was killed in the collision at the Highland Car Club Snowman Rally, in Glenurquhart Forest near Loch Ness.

An eight-year-old boy was also hurt in the collision and is being treated at Raigmore Hospital in Inverness. His condition was not believed to be life-threatening.

A third person was also injured as a result of the collision. The person was not seriously injured, and was described as "walking wounded" by Northern Constabulary.

Neither the driver nor the co-driver of the vehicle was injured, and no other spectators were hurt, Northern Constabulary said.

The collision took place during the first stage of the rally. The event has now been abandoned.

Officers will carry out a full road collision investigation and a report will be submitted to the Procurator Fiscal.

The race is the opening round of the 2013 Scottish Rally Championship (SRC).

Dave Robson, chairman of the championship, said: "The management committee, competitors and officials of the SRC extend their condolences to the families of those involved in today's incident on Special Stage One of the Snowman Rally.

"We offer our committed support to Highland Car Club and all those affected at this difficult time."

A statement from Highland Car Club said: "The club extends its sympathies to the families of those involved."

Northern Constabulary said: "Following an earlier collision between a rally car and spectators during Stage One of the Highland Car Club Snowman Rally, police can confirm that a 50-year-old woman has sustained fatal injuries and an eight-year-old boy has been taken to Raigmore Hospital for treatment.

"The boy's condition is not believed to be life-threatening. Neither the driver or the co-driver of the vehicle was injured as a result of the incident. No other spectators were injured."

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