A man is in hospital after being cut free from his car following a crash on a Highland road.
The alarm was raised at 11.07am and police, ambulance and fire attended. The air ambulance was also sent to the scene.
The driver, believed to be the only occupant of the car, was released from his vehicle by fire crews.
He was taken to Caithness General Hospital by road ambulance, before being transferred by helicopter to Aberdeen Royal Infirmary. It is understood he is seriously injured.
A police spokeswoman said the incident occurred on the A99, three miles south of Wick.
The road has been closed and diversions are in place from the Georgemas junction on the A882.
A fire spokeswoman said two appliances from Wick and John O’Groats were sent to the scene and used cutting gear to remove the casualty.
The stop message came back at 12.10pm and crews made the scene safe.
A Scottish Ambulance Service spokesman said: “We received a call at 11.01am today to attend an incident on the A99.
“We dispatched one ambulance and our Helimed air ambulance to the scene.
“One male patient in his forties was transferred to Caithness General Hospital by road.
“The patient was later transferred to the Aberdeen Royal Infirmary by helicopter.”