Six injured in M77 crashes 20 minutes and a mile apart
Six people were taken to hospital after two car crashes within a mile of each other on the M77 motorway.
Fire crews had to use hydraulic cutting gear to free trapped occupants from their vehicles at both crashes in East Ayrshire on Wednesday.
The first crash occurred at 10:15 on the southbound carriageway, a mile from the Bellfield Interchange, Kilmarnock.
As crews were working to cut a man free from a car on the embankment, another crash occurred on the northbound road.
Crews were again called upon to use cutting equipment, this time to free a woman and a boy after the crash, about a mile away, at 10:35.
Paramedics and firefighters treated six casualties on the scene before they were taken to Crosshouse Hospital by ambulance.
Station manager David McCarrey said it was "unusual" for separate crashes to occur so close together, but praised the close working of the emergency services to help the casualties.