A 57-year-old woman is in a serious condition in hospital after being struck by a car on a busy Inverness roundabout.
The pedestrian was crossing the A9 southbound slip road at Raigmore Interchange when she was hit by a Mazda 6.
She was treated at the scene by paramedics before being rushed the short distance to hospital by ambulance with what police described as serious injuries.
An ambulance spokesman said: “We received a call today at 1.22pm to attend an incident at the Raigmore Interchange in Inverness.
“We dispatched one ambulance and a Paramedic Response Unit to the scene. We transported one female patient to Raigmore Hospital.”
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The occupants of the Mazda were uninjured.
Multiple police units were dispatched to the scene after receiving the initial call around 1.20pm.
Three police cars and two police vans closed the carriageway for several hours as officers worked at the scene conducting investigations and diverting traffic.
A police spokesman said the force was dealing with a “serious road traffic collision” with the road likely to remain closed for some time.
Engineers from Bear Scotland also arrived on scene shortly after 2pm to cone off the carriageway as investigations got under way.
The incident caused major congestion across the city with all motorists being diverted via the Longman roundabout.
Motorists heading towards Raigmore were faced with lengthy tailbacks on surrounding roads including the A96, Old Perth Road and Millburn Road.
Police are appealing for information to help establish the cause of the collision; with officer eager to obtain any dashcam footage taken during the incident.
Road Policing Sergeant Gus Murray said: “Our inquiries into this collision are ongoing and at an early stage. We would urge anyone who may have witnessed the collision but has not yet spoken to police to come forward.
“We are particularly keen to speak to anyone who may have dashcam footage which may help with our inquiries. Anyone with information can contact Police Scotland on 101.”
Depute Provost of Inverness Bet McAllister said: “I think something needs to be done. It is an area I avoid; I go the long way around.”
“Maybe there need to be someone to have a look at that bit to see how we can prevent a pedestrian getting knocked down.”
“I hope she recovers from her injuries. It’s quite sad.”