A car has been destroyed after catching fire while heading northbound on one of the north-east’s busiest roads.
The shell of a red Ford Focus could be seen smouldering in a lay-by yesterday afternoon after police and fire crews were called to an ongoing incident on the A90 Aberdeen to Fraserburgh road, at the Toll of Birness.
The vehicle is believed to have caught fire, en route to its destination, and its driver, a woman who has not been named, managed to park it in time to escape injury.
Last night, police confirmed that no one was hurt in the blaze.
Emergency services had left the scene by 12.30pm. The vehicle was first spotted on fire at about 11.40am.
Throughout the early afternoon, motorists slowed to inspect the charred remains of the car as they made journeys to and from the city.
A spokesman for the police added: “The fire service asked us to go along and we did.
“They put the fire out, and the vehicle is in a lay-by. We don’t know the extent of the damage, but it would appear to be a non-suspicious fire.
“The vehicle was parked off the road, so it didn’t cause any issues as far as I am aware. It’s still there with police tape and a ‘police aware’ sticker, but all parties are safe and well.”
The vehicle was towed away from the scene shortly after 1pm.
A spokeman for the fire service confirmed that one unit was sent to the Toll of Birness from nearby Ellon.
He said: “It was just the one pump. It got there at 11.50am and left at 12.10pm.”