A teenager has died and another two are fighting for their lives following a horrific crash on the outskirts of Kirkcaldy on Sunday morning.
Seventeen-year-old Ethan King was named locally as the victim of the one-vehicle accident which took place on the A915 Standing Stane Road between Kirkcaldy and Methilhill shortly before 8.45am.
Another 18-year old man, believed to have been driving the black Vauxhall Corsa involved in the crash, has been arrested and is receiving treatment for serious injuries at Ninewells Hospital in Dundee.
Two air ambulances were immediately called to the scene, which is understood to be near the Wellsgreen driving range, when police arrived, and flew the three injured parties to hospital in Edinburgh and Dundee.
The body of the 17-year-old man who died was removed from the wreckage.
One eyewitness told The Courier that six ambulances in total were seen racing to the crash site.
Police initially confirmed that the incident early on Sunday morning involved just one vehicle which had left the roadway, and added that there have been “multiple” casualties.
A spokesperson for the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service said they were called at 8.42am with two appliances from Methil summoned to assist.
A Police Scotland spokesperson appealed for any witnesses to come forward.
“Anyone who saw a Black Vauxhall Corsa in the area around that time or anyone with any information about the incident is asked to contact Police Scotland via 101 quoting incident number 1257 of November 11 2018,” the force said in a statement.
Police said the road would be closed between Kirkcaldy and Methilhill for “several hours” while crash investigators set to work, and urged motorists to find an alternative route.
The road has been closed at the Checkbar junction, with motorists heading in either direction being diverted via the Wemyss villages.
Local councillor David Graham said he was “absolutely devastated” by news someone had died in the accident.
“My thoughts go to his family at this very sad time for them,” he said.
“My thoughts also go to the other people involved in the accident who I understand are seriously injured.
“These incidents are incredibly difficult to manage for the emergency services who attended the scene any my appreciation goes to them for the excellent work that they do in situations like this.
“Such a sad day for everyone in our community – truly devastating.”