A DRIVER was trapped in his car in a ditch after crashing into a cow.
The unnamed motorist is in hospital with serious injuries following the bizarre smash on a country road in West Lothian.
The 35-year-old was cut free by firefighters after his blue Ford Ka collided with the black cow on A706 near Linlithgow.
The accident happened at around 9pm and the man was not released until 10.
He was taken to Forth Valley hospital and treated for facial and spinal injuries.
The cow did not survive.
Police Scotland issued a statement saying: “Police in West Lothian were called to a road traffic incident last night at about 9pm, when a car was involved in a collision four miles outside Linlithgow.
“The driver was travelling in a blue Ford Ka and had to be extracted from the vehicle by the Fire Service.
“The Scottish Ambulance Service then took him to Forth Valley hospital with serious injuries.
“The road was closed temporarily but reopened later that night.”
Scottish Fire and Rescue Service confirmed 2 fire engines attended the incident. A spokesperson said: “Control received a request from the ambulance service to attend a RTA at Wester Woodside Cottage on the A706.
One car hit a cow on the roadway and landed in a ditch. The cow did not survive.“A man was trapped and released using cutting equipment.”
By Katherine Sutherland