A man was left in hospital, seriously hurt, following a crash in Royal Deeside on Christmas Eve.
Firefighters had to cut the 23-year-old free from the wreckage of his car after the early morning crash.
Emergency services were called to the collision on the B976 Aboyne to Dinnet road at around 12.15am on Tuesday.
The crash, involving only one vehicle, happened near the entrance to Glen Tanar Estate.
Firefighters worked at the scene for nearly two hours to free the man by removing the roof of the car.
A spokeswoman for the fire service said: “We sent two crews from Aboyne and Ballater and were involved in releasing one casualty.
We used hydraulic cutting gear, light cutting gear, lights and a rescue board at the scene.”
The man was then released into the care of paramedics and taken to hospital.
On Tuesday his injuries were described as “serious”.
The B976 Aboyne to Ballater road was closed for several hours while police carried out investigations at the scene.
Diversions were put in place via the A93 Aboyne to Ballater road.
Sergeant Peter Henderson, from the north east road policing department, said: “Our thoughts are with the injured party and his family at this time.
“While inquiries into this incident are ongoing, I am keen to speak with anyone who witnessed the collision itself, or may have seen the vehicle before it happened.
“If you have any information and have not yet spoken to officers, please call us on 101.”