An elderly woman was seriously injured after being trapped under an articulated lorry on a busy Aberdeen road.
The 81-year-old pedestrian was struck on the northbound carriageway of Wellington Road, outside the Lidl supermarket, at shortly after 10am yesterday.
Police, ambulance and fire crews attended the scene, which was just yards from the pedestrian crossing at Balnagask Road.
A spokesman for the fire service said the pensioner had been freed and was being treated by paramedics when their crews arrived.
The casualty was taken to Aberdeen Royal Infirmary by ambulance where her injuries were said to be “serious”.
The lorry driver was not injured.
The road was closed in both directions for several hours, with traffic being diverted onto Abbotswell Road, causing lengthy delays for motorists.
A spokeswoman for the fire service, said: “We received a call from the ambulance service and attended with two appliances from Altens and North Anderson Drive.
“The casualty had already been freed from underneath the vehicle when the crews arrived and was in the care of the paramedics.”
One onlooker said: “I was just passing by and I saw the lorry stopped in the road.
“There were two fire engines and a lot of police and the road was closed.
“All the cars were stuck in the shop car parks and couldn’t get out.
“I couldn’t see anything else because it was all hidden behind a screen.”
Sgt Neil Morrison, of the force’s road policing unit, said officers had carried out an accident investigation to help piece together what had happened.
He also urged witnesses to come forward with information.
He said: “A woman was crossing the road from the Lidl side when the incident happened.
“She was attended at the scene by the lorry driver and members of the public until the emergency services arrived.
“She is now at Aberdeen Royal Infirmary where her condition is described as serious.
“Officers have carried out an accident investigation at the scene to establish what happened.
“We have already spoken to a number of witnesses who came forward and we would like to thank them for their time.
“However we would urge anyone who saw the incident and has not already come forward to do so by calling 101.
The road reopened at 1.45pm.