A busy stretch of the main trunk route in the Highlands was shut for much of the day yesterday following the third fatal crash in the north in three days.
A 23-year-old man was pronounced dead at the scene of the four-vehicle collision near Aviemore.
Five other people were taken to Raigmore Hospital in Inverness by road ambulance soon after the crash, which happened a mile south of the Granish junction of the A9 shortly after 3pm.
The collision involved two lorries – one of them a military vehicle – as well as a car transporter and a car.
An air ambulance was scrambled but stood down because of low cloud.
A spokesman for the Scottish Ambulance Service said: “We sent four ambulances and a helicopter, which was struggling to make it to the scene due to the cloud.
“We alerted the Coastguard, but both air crews were stood down after medics decided they were not needed.
“All the injuries are relatively minor, from head lacerations to a broken wrist.”
A fire and rescue spokeswoman said appliances from Kingussie, Grantown and Aviemore all attended the crash.
Two further crews from Inverness were stood down before reaching the scene.
The spokeswoman added: “Crews helped with making the scene safe and assisted the ambulance service by offering remedial first aid to the casualties.”
Police warned last night that the A9 would remain closed for a “significant period of time” to allow a crash investigation to take place.
A steady flow of heavy traffic was diverted through Aviemore during the afternoon and evening.
Police confirmed yesterday that the driver killed in a crash at Cunningsburgh Hall in Shetland on Sunday afternoon was 66-year-old Michael Robertson, from Sandwick.
Mr Robertson, who was retired, was driving a silver Kia Picanto which was in collision with a black Toyota RAV4, around 3.30pm.
The driver and two passengers in the Toyota – which was towing a caravan – escaped injury.
Police said the A970, the main route between Sumburgh Airport and Lerwick, would remain closed to allow for an investigation.
A 72-year-old woman also died in a smash on the A9, between Dunbeath and Berriedale in Caithness, on Saturday afternoon.
The five-vehicle crash left the road closed for almost 11 hours.