Police were forced to close a historic north-east crossing yesterday after a car ploughed into the parapet.
The light blue Ford Fiesta was left with a crumpled bonnet after it smashed into the side of the Deveron Bridge in an early morning crash.
Brickwork could be seen bulging out of the damaged structure – which is part of the B9025.
Yesterday a police spokesman said: “The were no major injuries to anyone involved. It was a one vehicle collision which happened at 8.35am.
“There are temporary traffic lights on the bridge and traffic is down to single lane.
“That will be the case until repairs have been made to the damage caused by the car hitting the bridge.”
The bridge, which is close to a popular angling spot, was shut for two weeks in September for major restoration works.
The closure forced residents to make a 20-mile diversion if they wanted to travel between Turriff and nearby Aberchirder.
It was also shut last May following a collision involving a Ford Transit van.
The red sandstone span was erected in 1826 to replaced an old ferry which was previously used to cross the Deveron river.
On Wednesday the three-arch bridge will act as the backdrop to the historic opening of the local salmon season.
Former Aberdeen and Scotland manager Craig Brown will be on hand to bless the waters and fish all local anglers good luck for the coming months.