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Five Scotland fans injured in car crash outside German airport

Five Scotland fans who travelled Germany for the Euro 2024 tournament have been injured following a head-on car crash, police have confirmed.

Two of the fans were seriously injured following the collision on Thursday night near Weeze airport in the Lower Rhine region of Germany, some 45 miles from Dusseldorf.

Four ambulances were pictured at the scene as emergency workers surrounded by medical equipment tended to the injured on the side of a road near a grass bank. Two damaged cars were also pictured following the head-on crash.

It is understood the fans’ flight from Edinburgh had landed at the airport at around 11pm. They then collected a rental car before pulling on the wrong side of the carriageway, it was reported.

Their car, a dark Citroen, collided front-on with a black Mercedes. The other car’s driver was also being treated for injuries.

Local police told i: “A traffic accident occurred on the airport ring in Weeze, in which two people were seriously injured and four people were slightly injured.”

Authorities said a 25-year-old Scotsman was driving with four other men aged 25, 23, 23 and 23 years old to Düsseldorf for the tournament.

“On the way from the terminal towards the exit, the man from Scotland drove in the lane for oncoming traffic. This resulted in a head-on collision with a Mercedes Benz S-Class driven by a 45-year-old man from Düsseldorf who was travelling towards the terminal.

“Based on the investigations as part of the accident report, it is suspected that the Scottish driver used the wrong lane due to the left-hand traffic in his home country.”

Police said the Scottish driver and the 23-year-old passenger were seriously injured while the other four were “slightly injured”.

“All of the people were taken to various hospitals in the region by the emergency services. As the driver who caused the accident was suspected of being under the influence of alcohol, a blood sample was taken from him in the hospital. The Citroen was seized to protect the property.”

Scotland’s First Minister John Swinney wrote on X: “Very concerned to read this news and hope that everyone involved is safe and well. Thinking of everyone affected.”

A Foreign Office spokesperson said: “We are supporting a number of British nationals following an incident in Germany and are in contact with the local authorities”.

The fans were in Germany to see Scotland take part in UEFA Euro 2024, with the team’s first game taking place against Germany in Munich later this evening. Scotland has never made it out of the group stages of the previous 11 tournaments the side has taken part in.

Scotland assistant manager John Carver suggested that 200,000 Scots could appear in Germany for the tournament.

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