A police investigation was continuing today after a man and woman died when a car crashed off a North-east bridge and ended up in a burn.
The 31-year-old man and 26-year-old woman were killed in the one-vehicle crash on the A937 Montrose to Laurencekirk road at Marykirk Bridge.
The car went through the parapet of the bridge and plunged down an embankment before the car came to a rest in the burn.
The road was closed for 17 hours as officers carried out an investigation into the incident.
A second man who was also involved in the crash was taken to hospital with serious injuries.
Councillor Jeff Hutchison, who represents the Mearns ward where the accident happened, told of his shock. He said: “I am very sad to hear that two young people have died and a third seriously injured following a crash.
“It is too early to speculate what has happened at the moment and I understand Police Scotland is conducting a thorough investigation into the incident.
“My thoughts are with family and friends of those involved.”
Emergency services were called to the scene at Marykirk Bridge shortly before midnight on Saturday.
A Police Scotland spokesman said: “Police Scotland can confirm they were in attendance on the A937 Montrose to Laurencekirk road close to Marykirk Bridge in relation to a one-vehicle road traffic collision.”
A spokesman for the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service added: “We received a call to attend a one-vehicle road traffic collision from colleagues at Police Scotland.
“We sent four appliances including two from Montrose, Brechin and Laurencekirk.
“We remained on the scene until 5.40am and used cutting equipment, lighting, a nine-metre ladder and a hose reel jet to assist with the incident.”