A man has died and two others are in hospital after a four-vehicle horror crash.
A lorry, two cars and a van were involved in the smash on the A947 near Oldmeldrum, Aberdeenshire, Scotland.
Horrifying pictures show a heavy goods vehicle in the middle of the road with two cars in a field beside it.
The smash happened amid ‘terrible driving conditions’ in the area, with a Met Office rain warning currently in force across Aberdeenshire.
The 62-year-old driver of the Volkswagen Transporter van was pronounced dead at the scene, while the vehicle’s passenger – a 58-year-old man – was hospitalised with serious injuries.
A 24-year-old man driving a Ford Focus was also rushed to hospital.
Both drivers and sole occupants of the other two vehicles, the Mercedes lorry and the VW Golf, were uninjured.
The emergency services were called to the scene at around 8.50am this morning, the Daily Record reports.
Road Safety North East Scotland warned of ‘terrible driving conditions’ across the region after the crash.
It tweeted: “Terrible driving conditions across some areas of NE Scotland today with heavy rain, low cloud/mist, and *lots* of surface water.
“Sadly there’s also been a serious crash on the A947 near Oldmeldrum. Please drive according to the conditions, slow down and stay safe on NE roads.”
The Met Office predicted almost four inches of rain in some parts of Aberdeenshire between today and tomorrow morning.
The A947 remains closed to allow for collision investigation to be carried out at the scene.
Sergeant Alexander Bowser-Riley, of the North East Road Policing Unit said: “Sadly this collision has resulted in the death of one man and the serious injury of two others.
“Our enquiries into the cause of the crash are continuing and I would ask anyone who saw what happened, and has not yet spoken to officers, to please contact us.
“I would also like to speak with any motorists who were using the A947 this morning and may have seen any of the vehicles involved or who may have dash cam footage of them.
“The road will remain closed until our crash investigations are complete and I would urge the public to avoid the area until the road reopens.”
Anyone with information about the smash should contact police on 101 quoting incident number 0596 of 11, December.
It is understood fire engines from neighbouring towns were called to the scene.