A toddler has been left “unrecognisable” after a crash on a north-east road, his devastated mum said.
Three-year-old John-Paul Rhynd suffered facial injuries and a potential fractured skull following the three-vehicle smash on the A90 south of Peterhead on Sunday.
The toddler was travelling to the Buchan town with his dad, Paul, in their green Citroen Berlingo van when the collision happened at 2pm.
A white Dacia Duster SUV and blue Renault HGV were also involved in the smash, which saw emergency services called to the scene.
The incident happened close to the spot where the youngster’s uncle died in a crash a decade ago.
John-Paul’s mum Anthea spoke of her heartache following the accident and said the Peterhead family now face an anxious wait to find out if the toddler has a fractured skull.
Anthea said: “Both of them were in hospital for a day and at the moment we’ve been told we need to wait for the swelling to go down so a scan can be done.
“It could take between two to three weeks for that so we are keeping an eye on him and I am worried. It’s been heartbreaking to watch him after the accident. He is normally such a happy and energetic child, always smiling.
“Now he’s been very quiet and crying – he can’t really do anything at the moment.”
The 27-year-old added: “My son’s face has been left unrecognisable from the accident.”
Paul broke his wrist in two places in the collision and suffered a bruised sternum.
Following the accident he carried his young son from the wreckage of their van – fearing it could ignite.
The 29-year-old said: “I managed to get my seatbelt off and got John-Paul out of the car because I was smelling burning and I wasn’t sure if anything was going to explode.
“A woman had stopped and we waited in her car for the ambulance to arrive. I didn’t know at the time my wrist was broken, I remember struggling to breathe.
“I just wanted them to make sure John-Paul was given treatment first.”
Anthea thanked the woman who stopped to help the pair.
She said: “I would really like to thank the lady that stopped to help and support John-Paul and Paul.”
Anthea said she became worried about them after they took longer to return home than expected.
She said: “Police told me they had seen John-Paul had a cut on his lip so when I got to the hospital that was what I was expecting.
“But he had blood over his face, his head was swollen and he has bruises on his pelvis. John-Paul couldn’t see out of his eyes.”
A decade ago Anthea’s family suffered a tragedy on the same stretch of road.
Anthea added: “My brother John died on the same stretch of road, two minutes from where this happened in December 2006.
“My brother was my best friend and it was terrifying to think that I could lose John-Paul on the same road around the same time.”
Another motorist involved in Sunday’s incident has been charged by Police Scotland and is due to appear at Peterhead Sheriff Court at a later date.