A man has been rushed to Aberdeen Royal Infirmary after the front of his car was crushed by a forklift when it fell from a lorry.
Emergency services rushed to the scene shortly after noon when the accident happened on the A947 Turriff to Fyvie road at the Tifty turn-off.
Two ambulance teams were dispatched to the scene where an orange forklift had fallen from the back of a Hawthorn Haulage low loader.
The lorry appears to have been travelling north and a red car was passing on the opposite carriageway heading south when the machine toppled.
A man in 50s was taken to ARI with injuries, but the extent of them is not yet known.
Officers closed off the road to traffic from lunchtime until around 5pm.
A spokeswoman said: “We were called around noon to the A947 halfway between Fyvie and Turriff after a forklift truck came off the back of a lorry and crashed into a car.
“The ambulance and fire services were also in attendance.
“It would appear a man has been injured, but we do not know the extent of his injuries or any details. We believe the man has been taken into hospital.”
A spokesman for the Scottish Ambulance Service said: “We received a call at 12.02pm to attend a road traffic incident on the A947.
“We dispatched two crews to the scene and transported a man in his 50s to Aberdeen Royal Infirmary.”
His car could be seen on the road after the collision with a smashed windscreen and crumbled bonnet.
Next to it was the Hawthorn Haulage loader from the New Deer-based company which transports machinery across the UK.
Local councillor Iain Taylor was shocked when he heard the news.
He said: “In situations like this, I’m grateful everyone is alive as even with a little forklift a car would come off much worse.
“I’m sorry to see a hospital casualty and hope that he makes a speedy recovery.
“There are a lot of questions that arise here that will need to be answered so I’m sure investigations will be carried out thoroughly.”
Hawthorn Haulage was contacted but could not be reached.