Tragedy struck on a Fife road for the second time in just four months on Monday after a man was killed in an early morning crash.
The driver of a blue Ford Focus was pronounced dead at the scene on the A911 between Windygates and Glenrothes shortly after it was reported by a member of the public at 3.40am.
The road was closed for around 12 hours as crash investigators launched their probe into the circumstances surrounding the fatal accident, although police believe the dead man was the sole occupant of the vehicle which came to rest in a field near Balfour Place in Milton of Balgonie.
Emergency services raced to the scene at around 3.40am on Monday.
They found a car, believed to blue a blue Ford Focus, had left the road and landed in a field of wheat near the junction to Balfour Place.
The male driver, who not been identified, was pronounced dead at the scene.
The road was closed for several hours as investigators scoured the wreckage for clues.
Drivers were asked to avoid the area and bus services were diverted via Star.
The road was reopened around 2pm.
SNP councillor Ross Vettraino OBE, for Glenrothes Central and Thornton, said the thoughts of everyone in the community were with the family.
“When it comes to a fatality, no matter what the reason, it’s one too many,” he said.
“Our thoughts are absolutely with the gentleman’s family.
“You can say you’re profoundly sorry but that doesn’t begin to meet what the family must be feeling.
“There are no words that convey sufficiently the huge tragedy that’s now facing this family and their loved ones.”
Mr Vettraino said he wanted to remind people that figures had shown the roads in Fife are safer than they have ever been in the past.
“When you bear in mind the huge explosion of traffic there has been in recent years, that’s truly incredible and it’s down to the combined road traffic management policies that have been introduced by Fife Council over the years,” he added.
A Police Scotland spokeswoman said: “Officers were called at 3.40am to the one-car collision.
“Inquiries are ongoing into the full circumstances.”
The same stretch of road was the scene of another late-night road accident on March 6.
Cardenden man David Moore is thought to have been walking towards Glenrothes at around 10.35pm when he was struck from behind by an Audi.
The 36-year-old was left with devastating injuries and was pronounced dead at the scene near the Durie Vale roundabout by ambulance staff.