Motorists were stuck in significant traffic jams all over the north-east yesterday following five separate incidents in quick succession – including three on the same road.
The A90 had to be closed briefly near the Aikenshill access road following a one-vehicle collision, which left a man requiring hospital treatment at Aberdeen Royal Infirmary.
Then slightly further north a car ended up on its roof after a crash near Tipperty.
Police were called to the northbound stretch between Balmedie and Ellon shortly after 3pm.
It left the northbound carriageway blocked, with large queues of cars rapidly forming in wait, and the vehicle was removed by emergency services within an hour.
Fire and ambulance teams made their way to the scene after receiving reports that the car was on fire.
Two people inside were treated for minor injuries.
A fire service spokeswoman said: “We got the call at 3.05pm but received the stop message at 3.25pm.
“Two appliances were sent but our services weren’t required.”
The third incident on the A90 caused delays near the AECC after an HGV broke down in the road.
Elsewhere officers were called to a crash on the A96 near the junction at Port Elphinstone.
The two-car collision happened just after 5pm and a police spokesman said it did not appear that anyone had been hurt.
He added: “There was no requirement for an ambulance to be sent out.”
Motorists also faced long waits after a motorbike ran into difficulty near the Bridge of Dee around the same time.
While it was removed from the road relatively quickly, it left a trail of oil on the road surface.