Five Scots injured in crash after 'driving on wrong side of the road' in Germany

Police in Germany believe the Scottish driver forgot to drive on the right-hand lane after arriving in the country.

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Five Scotland fans have been injured in a two-car crash hours after arriving in Germany for the Euros.

The group was travelling in a rental car on their way to Dusseldorf before driving on the wrong side of the road and crashing into oncoming traffic close to Weeze Airport around midnight on June 14.

The 25-year-old driver and a 23-year-old passenger were seriously injured in the collision while three other passengers – aged 25, 23, and 23 – were said to be slightly injured.

Kleve District Police said the driver was suspected to have been under the influence of alcohol.

The force said the group of friends had travelled to Germany for the Euros and had hired a Citreon C3 car after arriving the airport before travelling on to Dusseldorf.

In a statement following the crash, police said the group had been on their way from the airport terminal towards the exit when they drove in the wrong lane and into oncoming traffic.

They added: “This resulted in a head-on collision with a Mercedes Benz S-Class driven by a 45-year-old man from Dusseldorf who was traveling 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.

“The driver of the Citroen and a 23-year-old passenger were seriously injured in the accident, while the driver of the Daimler-Benz and three other people in the Citroen 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.”

The force confirmed no arrests have been made in relation to the crash.

A spokesperson for the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office confirmed that they are supporting a number of British nationals following the incident.

They added: “We are in contact with the local authorities”.

The incident comes as tens of thousands of Scots have travelled to Germany to watch the national team compete in Euro 2024.

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