Police have launched an investigation after four people were injured in a crash on a major north-east road last night.
Four ambulances, three fire engines and dozens of police
officers raced to the scene of the smash on the A96 Aberdeen to Inverurie road at about 5pm.
The crash happened at the junction near Marshall Trailers, with police forced to close off the road in both directions for two hours as paramedics tended to the injured.
One man was cut out of the wreckage of his car by a team of 13 firefighters, and treated at the scene before being taken
to Aberdeen Royal Infirmary (ARI).
Another man was also believed to have been seriously hurt and was taken to the hospital, along with two others who were treated for minor injuries,including a broken wrist.
The collision involved a black Vauxhall Astra and a red Vauxhall Corsa.
As a result of the crash, two men aged 48 and 41 who were travelling in the Astra, as well as two 18-year-old men who were in the Corsa were all taken to ARI.
Police had initially stated that one man had sustained life-threatening injuries, but later confirmed all four were treated for non life-threatening injuries.
Rush-hour traffic backed up all the way towards Bucksburn until police managed to set up a contra-flow on the eastbound carriageway of the A96.
The westbound carriageway was closed for several hours while collision inspectors examined the scene to piece together what happened.
It was reopened just after 10pm.
Police have now launched an investigation into the incident and, in particular, are keen to speak to the driver or occupants of a silver car that had joined the road from the unclassified Newhills road at the time.