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Two spectators killed in accident at Cavan Stages rally

The spectators were struck by an out-of-control car participating in the rally, around a mile outside Bailieborough.

Cavan General Hospital, where up to five injured spectators are being treated.
Cavan General Hospital, where up to five injured spectators are being treated.
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Updated, 18:20

TWO SPECTATORS were killed in an accident at a rallying event in Co Cavan this morning.

The accident occurred shortly after 11am, around one mile outside Bailieborough, in the eastern part of the county.

One of the cars participating in the rally went out of control at a corner and left the road, striking a number of spectators who were positioned nearby.

The two deceased – a 50-year-old man and a woman aged 29 – were pronounced dead at the scene.

Five other injured people were brought to Cavan General Hospital in Cavan town. The extent of their injuries has not been disclosed.

The rally was called off and the scene of the accident has been sealed off for forensic examination.

93 cars were due to take part in the event, which was taking place on closed roads. 15 cars had completed the course before the event was halted.

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