A driver had a lucky escape yesterday when his vehicle careered off a rural road in Aberdeenshire, ploughing through farmland before coming to rest several yards away.
The silver Ford Focus was badly damaged, with the rear passenger side door mangled and the rear light fitments totally destroyed.
It happened on an unclassified road at Burnside Farm, near Newmachar, at 4.40pm, and also involved a white Crafter Volkswagen van, which was relatively unscathed.
Concerned passers-by called an ambulance but neither driver required hospital treatment and the crew were stood down.
A local farmer helped police clear the van off the road, helping keep traffic disruption to a minimum.
Meanwhile, an earlier incident in Aberdeenshire ended with a man in his 40s being taken to Aberdeen Royal Infirmary after the tractor he was driving overturned.
It happened on a country road at the Howe of Cushnie, near Alford, at around 3.30pm, and left the tractor unstable, with the man requiring assistance from police and fire fighters to get out safely.
Fire appliances were called to the scene from Alford and Aboyne at 3.40pm.
A fire service spokeswoman said: “We released one casualty from the overturned tractor.”
The road was closed for just over an hour while the incident was dealt with.
The driver was said to have suffered facial injuries following the incident.
A police spokesman said: “The tractor is still in situ there. It’s in a field by the road.”