Three people have died after a crash involving a bus and two cars in Aberdeenshire.
Four people were also taken to hospital after the incident on the A90 between Aberdeen and Dundee at Glenbervie, which happened around 4.30pm on Tuesday.
Their injuries are said to be serious but not life-threatening, and they are being treated at Aberdeen Royal Infirmary.
None of the passengers on the bus were hurt – but the driver sustained minor injuries, police said.
*NEW* 17:00⌚#A90 is ⛔CLOSED⛔ in both directions around Glenbervie/Drumlithie after a serious RTC ⚠ Traffic queueing up in the area. Emergency services are on scene.@NETrunkRoads@Aberdeenshirepic.twitter.com/uAJdcboE3Z
— Traffic Scotland (@trafficscotland) March 12, 2019
Police Scotland road policing chief inspector Stewart Mackie said: “This has been a challenging incident for the emergency services to deal with and my thoughts are with the families of all those affected by this.
“I would ask that anyone who witnessed the incident and who hasn’t already spoken to the police contacts officers on 101 using reference number 2576 of March 12.
“The road is anticipated to remain closed for some time to allow collision investigation to take place.
“This is likely to be a complex enquiry that will take some time and I am grateful to the public for their patience while this is carried out.”
The road was closed in both directions and the public advised to avoid the area.