An elderly woman and a man have been airlifted to hospital following a crash which left three others injured in Ayrshire.
Emergency services were alerted to the two-car collision on the A77 around 5.05pm on Wednesday.
A white Toyota Yaris, driven by a 24-year-old man, and a blue Volvo V90, driven by a 58-year-old woman, were involved in the incident around two miles south of Ballantrae.
The man and an 85-year-old passenger of the Volvo were airlifted to Queen Elizabeth University Hospital, where medical staff describe their condition as serious.
The driver and a 32-year-old female passenger of the Volvo were taken to Crosshouse Hospital for treatment.
A 24-year-old male passenger in the Toyota was also taken to the Kilmarnock hospital.
The road was closed for around six hours while investigations were carried out.
Sergeant Stewart Taylor said: “Our enquiries into the cause of the crash are continuing.
“I would ask any witnesses, or anyone with information that will assist our ongoing investigation to contact us.
“I would also ask anyone driving on that road around the time of the incident with dash-cam footage to get in touch.”
Anyone with information should contact Police Scotland via 101 quoting reference number 2644 of Wednesday, August 31.”