Two people were killed and another seriously injured in a crash on the A952 Mintlaw to Fraserburgh road last night.
Police Scotland have identified the two victims as 80-year-old Dennis Morrice and 77-year-old Margaret Watson, who were both from the Fraserburgh area.
At around 6.20pm on Monday, February 10, police were called to the serious twovehicle crash on the Mintlaw to Fraserburgh road near the Hythie junction.
The A952 was closed between Mintlaw and the Cortes junction to let the emergency services to deal with the incident.
Police later confirmed the male driver and a female passenger in one of the vehicles involved in the collision suffered fatal injuries.
The male driver of the other vehicle was rushed to Aberdeen Royal Infirmary where he was being treated for serious injuries.
There were no further casualties.
The vehicles involved were a red Vauxhall Corsa and a white Vauxhall Corsa van.
The road was closed for approximately six hours to allow a detailed investigation of the scene to be carried out but the road has now been reopened.
Road Policing Sergeant Pirie said: “Obviously our thoughts and condolences go out to the families of those involved at this terrible time, and I would appeal to anyone who witnessed either of the vehicles being driven near the locus about the time to come forward.
“I am keen to establish the full facts and circumstances to identify the cause of this tragedy”.
Chairman of the Fraserburgh Community Safety Group and SNP councillor for Fraserburgh and District Brian Topping said: “Very sadly, we’ve seen another tragedy on our roads.
“My heartfelt sympathies go out to the friends and family of the two people who sadly lost their lives in the crash. We also wish the driver of the van a speedy recovery.
“There seems to be far too many accidents on our roads, it’s very disappointing.
“As members of the public and councillors, we don’t know the cause of the accident so we need to let the police carry out their investigations. But if we can learn lessons from this, so much the better.”
SNP councillor for Central Buchan Jim Ingram, who lives near the crash site, sent his condolences to the families and friends of the victims.
Speaking to the Buchanie on Tuesday morning, he said: “Your feelings go to the friends and relatives of all those involved.
“That includes the family of the man who was seriously injured in the crash.
“It’s a sad moment for everyone.
“If anyone can give any information to the police - if there are any witnesses out there - it’s important they come forward.”
Another Central Buchan councillor, the SNP’s Lenny Pirie, passed the scene of the accident on Monday night.
He said: “I was very saddened to hear that 2 people suffered fatal injuries and another driver was seriously injured.
“I was very sorry to hear the next day that a brother and sister had died in the accident and would like to convey to all families concerned my deepest condolences,and wish the other driver a speedy recovery.”
Anyone who may have witnessed the collision and has not already spoken to police is asked to call Police Scotland on 101.