A man was airlifted to hospital yesterday after his lorry collided with two others on a major north-east road.
The three HGVs collided on the southbound carriageway of the A90 Aberdeen to Dundee road, at Fordoun, at about 1pm.
Firefighters had to cut the injured lorry driver from the wreckage of his cab, and he was flown by helicopter to Ninewells Hospital in Dundee. His injuries are not thought to be life-threatening.
The lorries had been travelling in a row when the accident happened.
The vehicle at the back was badly smashed, having gone into the back of the one in front. The wind screen of the second vehicle was smashed, but both of the other lorry drivers were not hurt.
Motorists were diverted onto the A92 Aberdeen to Dundee coastal route, although one lane of the road eventually reopened at about 3.30pm.
A police spokeswoman said: “One male had to be freed from his vehicle, and was taken by air ambulance to Ninewells Hospital in Dundee.
“It is understood his injuries are non-life threatening.
“None of the other people involved were injured as a result.”
The fire service sent four units to the scene – two from Stonehaven, one from Laurencekirk and one from Montrose – alongside a special rescue unit from North Anderson Drive in Aberdeen.