A lorry driver has died after apparently taking unwell at the wheel of his vehicle on a busy Fife road.
Emergency services, including an air ambulance, Police, fire, ambulance crews and paramedics, rushed to the scene near the Knockhill Racing Circuit shortly after 4.30pm yesterday.
The lorry was the only vehicle involved in the incident on the A823 and local diversions were quickly put in place.
At the time a Police Scotland spokesperson said the HGV has slipped off the road and an air ambulance was in attendance.
Sadly, the driver was pronounced dead at the scene.
Police remained tight-lipped throughout the evening, saying only they were dealing with a “serious incident” and that it was a medical matter.
The name of the driver was not released but a spokesperson at DX, where he worked, said: “We are deeply saddened and shocked to learn of the tragic death of the driver today.
“Our sympathy and condolences are with their family and friends at this time.”
A spokesperson for the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service said the lorry had crashed into a ditch.
He said: “The driver, an adult male, was out of the vehicle before we arrived.
“The ambulance service was on the scene and the air ambulance en route.”
He explained the service was alerted to the incident at 4.31 pm.
Operations control immediately mobilised three fire engines from Dunfermline, Alloa and Lochgelly, along with a heavy rescue unit, to the incident.
The service remained at the scene for over two hours.
The A823 was the scene of another serious accident on July 8, this time involving a motorcycle and a car outside KnockhillRacing Circuit.
Emergency services raced to the scene after the two-vehicle collision on the A823 between Hill End and Knockhill.
A motorcyclist suffered extensive injuries and was taken to Kirkcaldy’s Victoria Hospital for further treatment.
The injuries were described as “serious but unlikely to be fatal”.
The Fife circuit was playing host to the British Superbike Championship that weekend and traffic was far heavier than normal as crowds flocked to the venue.