A police investigation is underway after a nine-year-old girl suffered serious head and leg injuries following a three-car crash which took place on Easthouses Road, Dalkeith, at 16:50 on Thursday.

A Transit van was travelling south when it was involved in a collision with a Mitsubishi Outlander before colliding with a Vauxhall Vivaro van travelling north

The injured girl was in the van, along with two other girls, aged five and 13, and a boy, aged seven who all sustained minor injuries.

The male driver of the Vauxhall Vivaro suffered minor injuries. The occupants of the Mitsubishi were not injured.

The 34-year-old male van driver was arrested in connection with the collision. He was treated for an arm injury.

Insp Andy Gibb, of Police Scotland, said: “While we have one man in custody following this collision, we are still conducting our inquiries to establish the full circumstances and would ask other motorists who were on the road at the time, and witnessed what happened, to contact police immediately.

“Likewise, if you believe you have any relevant dashcam footage capturing the incident, then please also come forward.”