Two police officers have been seriously injured while responding to a report of a drunk driver in Fife.
Their marked police car left the carriageway and came to rest on a grass verge on the M90 northbound near Kelty.
It happened at around 9.40pm on Sunday.
The officer who was driving was removed from the vehicle by fire service crews and taken to Edinburgh Royal Infirmary.
He was later transferred to the Western General Hospital in Edinburgh, where he is being treated for neurological injuries.
The officer who was in the passenger seat was taken to Ninewells Hospital in Dundee with back injuries.
Chief Inspector Mark Patterson, from Police Scotland’s road policing unit, said: “The officers in the patrol car were responding to the report of a drunk driver on the motorway when the collision happened.
“Our thoughts are with both officers and their families at this time.
“I would appeal to anyone who may have witnessed this collision to call Police Scotland on the 101 number quoting the incident reference number 3798 of October 6.”
The incident, which involved a marked BMW 330 patrol car, happened about 1.5 miles north of the Kelty junction on the northbound carriageway of the M90.
The carriageway was closed for nearly 12 hours while the accident was investigated.
Chief Superintendent Stewart Carle, head of Road Policing Scotland, took to Twitter to thank members of the public who had tried to help at the scene.
I heard dreadful news just after 11PM last night that a @polscotrpu crew crashed on M90 near Kelty responding to report of drunk driver, & seriously injured. Grateful to motorists who assisted rescue & 999 responders who gave treatment. Thoughts with families of both my officers.
— CS Stewart Carle (@ChSuptRoads) October 7, 2019
And he said his thoughts were with “both my officers”.
He wrote: “I heard dreadful news just after 11PM last night that a @polscotrpu crew crashed on M90 near Kelty responding to report of drunk driver, & seriously injured.
“Grateful to motorists who assisted rescue & 999 responders who gave treatment. Thoughts with families of both my officers.”
Scottish Fire and Rescue Service sent three appliances sent to the scene.