One person has been airlifted to hospital tonight following a horrific crash on the A96 Aberdeen to Inverness road, and police have warned that a stretch of the route will remain closed for “some time” while investigations take place.
Police and paramedics were called to the road after a “serious” rush hour collision involving five vehicles outside Forres.
It is understood that one of the vehicles involved is a van, and that “at least” three cars also collided between the town’s Enterprise Park and the roundabout leading to Findhorn at 5pm.
A police spokesman has now confirmed that one person has been taken to Aberdeen Royal Infirmary by an air ambulance helicopter while the remaining injured parties have been taken to Dr Gray’s Hospital in Elgin.
A spokeswoman for the fire service confirmed that crews from Forres and Elgin attended but were only required to clear up debris and left shortly before 6pm.
Diversions have been put in place via Kinloss.
Stagecoach advised customers that the number 10 service would also divert through Kinloss before returning to the A96.
The firm apologised that Forres Enterprise Park could not be served until the traffic returned to normal.
At 6.30pm, Traffic Scotland said that the section of the A96 would be closed in both directions “for some time”.