Footballers from the University of Dundee escaped serious injury after a tree fell on their bus en route to a game.
The coach, which had a number of the university’s squads on board, had almost reached their destination in St Andrews when the near-catastrophe happened.
The bus was travelling along a country road when the huge tree came crashing through the front of their transport outside Kingcaple Farm Cottages shortly before 12.45pm.
One of the third team members described the incident as “mental” and his teammates were “really fortunate” to escape with little more than cuts.
He said: “We were on the road, about three miles where we were supposed to be playing.
“At first I though the bus had skidded out into a junction but it was a tree. It came from nowhere and crashed into the bus.
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“The driver tried to swerve out the way but the tree was already on top of the bus at that point.
“The front of the bus caved in then a big branch went through a few other windows.
“The bus is totally wrecked but we’re really fortunate no one was seriously hurt.
“There was one boy with cuts to his head and has his head bandaged up. A couple of others had small cuts from the glass and metal.”
The player added that today’s friendly, due to kick off at 2pm, is still going ahead – with a delayed kick off.
Fisher’s Tours, whose coach the team were travelling on, sent out another bus to allow the team to complete their journey.
The player added: “The St Andrews team have delayed the kick off by 15 minutes, which is nice of them.”
A spokeswoman for Police Scotland confirmed officers were in attendance and that the road remains closed.