An elderly woman had to be cut free from a car following a two-car crash on a north-east road.
The route was closed for five hours as emergency services cleared the scene.
It was originally thought to be serious, however police say both drivers escaped without major injury.
The crash happened on the A948 between New Deer and Auchnagatt at 11.20am yesterday.
A spokesman for the police confirmed the two women were taken to Aberdeen Royal Infirmary (ARI) after the incident.
He said: “Road accidents could come in as serious, but by the time we get there, free those involved and they’ve been seen at the hospital, it might be clearer that the accident was not as serious as first thought.
“Both women were taken to ARI as a precaution, where they were found to have no broken bones.”
The crash involved a black Vauxhall Astra, which could be seen to have damage to its side, as well as an orange Hyundai, which had rolled on to its side, partially into a field, with debris from the two cars strewn across the road.
Two fire appliances were also sent to the incident.
A Scottish Fire and Rescue Service spokeswoman said: “One elderly woman was trapped in her car.
“We assisted with her removal from the vehicle and left her in the care of the ambulance service.”
While the road, which was reopened at 4.10pm, was closed police had urged the public to avoid the area.
Jim Ingram, SNP councillor for Central Buchan, said: “I’m always concerned about accidents in rural areas, but I’m glad to hear that it is better than first thought.
“When it’s an elderly person, you’re always concerned about injuries, but I’m glad to see that it sounds as if it’s not too serious. I hope they make a speedy recovery.
“You also have to think about the family and friends of those involved, because it has to be concerning for them.”
Councillor Norman Smith, who also represents Central Buchan, said: “Any accident is an issue, but people just have to be alert.
“Unfortunately accidents happen, and luckily nothing too serious happened on this occasion.”