A woman was seriously injured when her car was struck by a falling branch in Aberdeenshire.
The freak accident happened on the B999 Pitmedden to Aberdeen road a mile south of the village near the Udny Green junction shortly before 5pm on Tuesday.
The woman, who is 75, is understood to have been driving to Aberdeen with her daughter, grand-daughter and two year old grandchild when the windscreen was struck by the large branch.
The vehicle veered off the road and came to rest in a ditch with the piece of wood still embedded in the glass.
The woman is believed to have suffered a head injury. Other members of her family, who were also taken by ambulance to Aberdeen Royal Infirmary, are being treated for head, neck and back injuries. Their condition is not known at this stage.
Ellon-based PC Phil Thornley said at the scene: “It seems to have been a freak accident. It appears the branch fell off just as their car was passing.”
The road was closed to allow accident investigations to take place and diversions were in operation. The road was reopenedd around 8.20pm.