By Christine Lavelle & Amanda MacMillan
FIVE people have been taken to hospital after their car somersaulted off the road before landing in a ditch early this morning (fri).
The accident happened at around 3.30am on an A1 off-road heading eastbound towards Tranent in East Lothian.
All occupants of the green coloured Peugeot 206 – said to be in their late teens and early 20s – were taken to the Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh.
The female driver had to be cut free from the car by the fire service and suffered “multiple” injuries.
Her condition was described as being “serious”.
A further two of the casualties also suffered multiple fractures and had to be removed from the car using a spinal board.
One, a woman, suffered a broken leg. One of the three male occupants also suffered various broken bones.
The remaining two were described as “walking wounded” but also taken to hospital as a precaution.
Accident investigators said the car appeared to have simply “drifted” off the road. No other vehicle was thought to be involved.
A Scottish Ambulance spokeswoman said: “We had five ambulances in attendance and a medical team from the Edinburgh Royal Infirmary.
“All five people were taken to hospital, three with multiple fractures who were all put on spinal boards, but none of the injuries are life threatening.”
A Lothian and Borders Fire Service spokeswoman said: “A car lost control on the junction and somersaulted and landed in a ditch.
“One female was trapped and had to be released by the fire service using a hydraulic cutting device.
“The female who was trapped is in a serious condition.
“A further three males and one female casualty were not trapped.
“All were taken to Edinburgh Royal Infirmary.”
The road remained closed but expected to re-open before 10am.