Police say six people have died and several others were injured after being hit by a speeding car that left the road while taking part in the Coruna Rally in northwestern Spain.

Saturday evening's accident killed four women and two men in Carral, in the region of Galicia, a police spokeswoman said.

Among the injured taken to the hospital were three children, she said. The reasons for the accident are being investigated.

Press reports said the rally has been suspended.

The spokeswoman spoke on condition of anonymity in keeping with police rules.