FOUR members of the same family have been injured in a horrific road accident near South Queensferry.
A five-year-old boy is believed to be fighting for his life after being cut free from the wreckage by firefighters.
His mother is also said to be in a "serious" condition in hospital. She too was cut free after last night’s accident.
The father and the couple’s other son were also taken to hospital for treatment but are not thought to be seriously injured.
It is believed the two cars involved, a Honda Civic and a Renault Laguna, collided head on. The driver of the other vehicle suffered minor injuries.
The family were travelling along the B924 Hawes Brae near the Bankhead Road junction at around 7pm yesterday evening when the accident occurred.
The road, which runs between Cramond and Dalmeny, was closed for more than three hours following the incident as a police accident investigation took place.
Lothian and Borders police said the youngster was the most seriously hurt following the collision. He was taken by Medic One and police escort to the Sick Kids Hospital in Edinburgh.
It is believed he suffered both head and lower limb injuries as a result of the smash and his condition is said to be "critical".
His mother, thought to be in her 30s, also sustained serious injuries to her chest and head. She was immediately taken to Edinburgh Royal Infirmary by ambulance with a police escort.
The father, who is believed to have been driving the family car at the time of the crash, suffered facial injuries and was taken to Edinburgh Royal Infirmary along with the couple’s other son, aged between 10 and 11, who escaped with minor injuries.
The driver of the other car was also taken to Edinburgh Royal Infirmary for treatment to minor head injuries.
A spokesman for Lothian and Borders Police confirmed today that the youngest passenger had received the most serious injuries.
He said: "The incident on the B924 involved a Honda Civic and a Renault Laguna. As a result of the accident, five persons suffered various degrees of injury, the most serious being to a five-year-old boy.
He added: "All the injured parties were drivers or passengers within the vehicles. Names are not being released at this time."
A Lothian and Borders Fire Brigade spokeswoman confirmed that firefighters had to use cutting equipment to free two members of the family who had become trapped following the crash. She said: "We had to cut a female and a child from one of the cars involved with cutting gear."
Investigations into the incident are continuing.
Police are appealing for anyone who may have witnessed the accident to contact their police station or the traffic department at Lothian and Borders Police HQ on 0131-311 3418.
In a separate incident, a man was taken to St John’s Hospital in Livingston, West Lothian, suffering from leg injuries following a car accident in Bathgate last night.
It is understood the 22-year-old driver’s car ran up an embankment on Drumcross Road in the town shortly before 7pm. His injuries are not thought to be serious.