Police in Fife have confirmed the tragic news that a crash on the outskirts of Kirkcaldy earlier this week has resulted in the death of a baby.
Emergency services were called to the accident involving a Seat Leon and a Transit van on the B9157 near Auchtertool on Wednesday night and four people were subsequently taken to hospital.
It has now emerged that the 18-year-old female front-seat passenger of the Seat was 30-weeks pregnant at the time of the collision and suffered significant injuries to her neck and abdomen.
After being taken to the Victoria Hospital in Kirkcaldy she underwent an emergency caesarean section and gave birth to a baby boy.
Sadly however, the child passed away a short time later.
The woman remains in hospital in a serious condition.
Other occupants of the Seat also continue to be treated in hospital for various injuries.
A 59-year-old man, 43-year-old woman and 10-year-old girl, who were all within the Transit van, were also treated for minor injuries during this incident.
Inquiries into the full circumstances are ongoing and anyone with information is asked to come forward.
Sergeant Stephen Quinn, from Fife’s Road Policing Unit, said: “Our deepest sympathies are with the young mother and her family at this time.
“We will continue to provide them with all the necessary support and assistance they may require.
“As part of this investigation we are keen to hear from other motorists who were on the B9157, near Meadowfield at around 10.20pm on Wednesday night, and may have witnessed what happened.
“Similarly, anyone with any other information they believe is relevant to this inquiry should also contact police immediately.”
Those with information can contact the Road Policing Unit in Fife via 101 and quote incident number 4044 of October 3.