Five people are being treated for serious injuries following a four vehicle pile-up in Fife on Friday night, police have confirmed.
Emergency services were summoned to the scene on the A915 Standing Stane Road between Kirkcaldy and Leven, close to the junction with the Wellsgreen golf driving range, following reports of a serious collision just before 8.20pm.
A red Mercedes a200, a white Ford Ka, a blue BMW 530 and a white Ford Transit van were all caught up in the incident and the road was closed for around four hours as a result.
Police initially said on Friday night that eight people were believed to have varying injuries, although none of those were thought to be life-threatening.
It has now been clarified that four men and one woman, aged between 18 and 29, who were in the Ford Ka, were taken to Kirkcaldy’s Victoria Hospital suffering from serious injuries – including broken bones.
The driver and only occupant of the Mercedes, a 25-year-old woman, sustained minor injuries that did not require hospital treatment, while the driver and only occupant of the van, a 52-year-old man, similarly sustained minor injuries that did not need a trip to hospital.
The five occupants of the BMW were uninjured.
A Police Scotland spokesperson said: “Enquiries are ongoing into the cause of the crash and anyone who witnessed what happened, or the vehicles immediately prior to the collision, should contact Police Scotland on 101 and quote incident number 3561 of 27 December.
“Equally anyone with dash-cam footage of the crash or the vehicles should provide this to officers.”
An air ambulance was dispatched to the scene and landed just across the road from Wellsgreen, although it is understood that was not required as all casualties were taken to hospital by road.
A spokeswoman for the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service said it was initially alerted to a two car road traffic collision at 8.20pm.
Three appliances, two from Glenrothes and one from Methil, were called to the scene and the spokeswoman confirmed firefighters had to extinguish a fire which had broken out in one of the vehicles.
The road was closed in both directions and diversions were put in place via the Wemyss villages.
It subsequently reopened in the early hours of Saturday morning.
Numerous people have described the stretch of road in question as “slippy” earlier in the day, in that they experienced a loss of traction for some reason.
However, temperatures were above freezing on Friday night which would appear to rule out ice as a potential factor.
A road accident investigation is under way in a bid to find out the exact circumstances surrounding the incident.