A young motorist is in a critical condition following a crash near Mintlaw.
The 22-year-old was driving a white Mazda 3 at about 10.35pm on Saturday when it collided with a grey Land Rover Discovery.
The crash took place on the A952 Fraserburgh to Mintlaw road, near Hardyards.
As a result of the smash, the male was taken to Aberdeen Royal Infirmary where he remained last night.
A police spokeswoman described his condition as “life threatening”.
She added: “The female driver of the Land Tover Discovery was also taken to Aberdeen Royal Infirmary with minor injuries”.
The woman is 62 years old.
Neither car is understood to have had passengers within them at the time of the collision.
Police are now keen to speak to anyone who saw the crash or who may have information about it.
Sergeant Andrew Meikleham, of the force’s road policing unit, is leading the investigation.
He said: “Inquiries into the circumstances of the incident are at an early stage and I am appealing to anyone who witnessed the collision or saw either vehicle prior to the incident to contact Police Scotland on 101”.
The stretch of road where the accident took place has been the scene of several serious collisions.
The latest took place in 2015, when a motorist collided with an off-duty policeman.
The officer, who was heading home to Mintlaw on his motorbike, lost his leg in the crash.
Fraserburgh man Alan Tait, 36, was jailed for seven years and banned from driving for 10 years as a result.
Tait, who was uninsured at the time, had fallen asleep at the wheel and then fled the scene.