A Peterhead street was given a thorough scrub down last night to rid the pavement of the stench of 11 tonnes of fish heads.
A HGV overturned at a roundabout in Kirk Street on Wednesday afternoon, sending an estimated 11 tonnes of seafood remains splattering onto the pavement and flower beds.
But despite an immediate clean up job, the stench of rotting fish hung in the air more than 24 hours later and workers from Aberdeenshire Council were drafted in.
A local authority spokeswoman said: “Officers from a number of different Aberdeenshire Council services have been involved in the clear-up operation.
“Disinfectant has been put down and contaminated soil lifted to reduce the smell and soil and plants will be replaced in the autumn.”
It is understood that the lorry was not travelling at speed when the incident occurred, but its load may have shifted as it took the roundabout.
Onlookers said that a lid on top of the lorry came off when the vehicle fell on its side, flooding the area with offal.
The vehicle had been removing the remains from local firm Denholm Seafoods.
The driver of the overturned vehicle only sustained minor injuries and stayed at the scene to help police.
Specialised lifting equipment was used to remove the HGV on Wednesday evening.