A man has died after an incident on a north-east road.
Emergency services were called to the B999 near Udny Station at around 2am this morning.
The road was closed in both directions while police were at the scene.
A Police Scotland spokeswoman said: “Police Scotland can confirm a man sadly died following an incident on the B999 near to Udny Station in the early hours of this morning during the recovery of a vehicle.
“His next of kin have been informed and our thoughts are with them.
“Enquiries are ongoing to establish the full set of circumstances and officers are working closely with the Health and Safety Executive.”
An HSE spokeswoman said: “HSE is aware of the incident and is making enquiries alongside the police.”