TWO police officers were rushed to hospital on Sunday night after their car was involved in an accident on the M90 while investigating a report of a drink driver using the road.

About 9.40pm on Sunday a one vehicle road traffic collision happened on the northbound carriageway of the M90 Edinburgh to Perth motorway about 1.5 miles north of Junction 4 (Kelty).

A marked BMW 330 patrol car containing two police officers left the roadway coming to rest on the grass verge.

Emergency services attended at the scene and the road was closed.

The driver was removed from the vehicle by Fire and Rescue Service personnel and was taken to Edinburgh Royal Infirmary.

He was later transferred to Western General Hospital in Edinburgh with neurological injuries.

The passenger was taken to Ninewells Hospital with back injuries.

The road at the scene was closed while a full crash scene investigation was carried out. The road was later re-opened but the closure caused considerable hold-ups.

Chief Inspector Mark Patterson from Road Policing East said “The officers in the patrol car were responding to the report of a drunk driver on the motorway when the collision happened.

"Our thoughts are with both officers and their families at this time.

"I would appeal to anyone who may have witnessed this collision to call Police Scotland on the 101 number quoting the incident reference number 3798 6/10.”