Three people have been killed and four others taken to hospital after a serious three-vehicle crash on the A9.
Officers confirmed three people have died following the incident on the A9 Inverness to Perth road, near the Slochd summit, north of Carrbridge.
Three air ambulances, four fire crews and police were sent to the scene after the alarm was raised at around 11.30 am.
An ambulance spokeswoman said: “We received a call at 11:33 am to attend a road traffic collision on the A9 near to Slochd.
“Five ambulances, three air ambulances, and a pre-hospital immediate care and trauma (PICT) team attended the scene.
“Four patients were transported to hospital – two to Aberdeen Royal Infirmary and two to Raigmore Hospital, Inverness.”
The road remained fully closed for nearly 10 hours while the scene was investigated, with police beginning to guide traffic through just after 9pm.
Four fire appliances were at the scene, with three pumping appliances and one heavy rescue appliance in use.
Fire crews used two breathing apparatus, a hose reel jet, and one main jet, with all appliances leaving the scene by 6pm.
A spokeswoman from the service said: “We were alerted at 11.33am on Tuesday, July 5 to reports of a road traffic collision on the A9 at Slochd, near Carrbridge.
“Operations Control mobilised three fire appliances and specialist resources to a collision involving three vehicles.”
UPDATE❗️ ⌚️13:20 #A9 SLOCHD
CLOSED in both directions due to a serious collision⛔️
Approx 25 minute delay Southbound
Approx 15 minute delay Northbound
— Traffic Scotland (@trafficscotland) July 5, 2022
There was a 65-mile diversion in place with delays in both directions in the aftermath of the crash.
A spokeswoman from Scottish Charity Air Ambulance (SCAA) confirmed that the Aberdeen-based Helimed 79 was deployed to the scene.
Pictures on social media showed clouds of thick black smoke in the air in the hours following the incident.
A police spokeswoman confirmed: “Inquiries are ongoing to establish the full circumstances of the collision.”