Three people have died after a crash between two cars and a bus on a north-east road.
More than 20 firefighters were sent to scene of the incident which happened at around 4.30pm on the A90 near Drumlithie.
The road was closed in both directions after the incident.
Four people have been taken to Aberdeen Royal Infirmary, one person was airlifted and three went by road ambulance.
Their injuries are described as serious but not life-threatening.
The male bus driver has sustained minor injuries. None of the passengers on the bus were injured.
The incident involved involved two cars, a red Renault Megane and a silver Ford B Max and a Megabus.
A spokesman for the Scottish Fire and Rescue service said four people have been cut free from their vehicles.
Road Policing Chief Inspector Stewart Mackie said: “This has been a challenging incident for the emergency services to deal with and my thoughts are with the families of all those affected by this.
“I would ask that anyone who witnessed the incident and who hasn’t already spoken to the police contacts officers on 101 using reference number 2576 of 12 March.
“The road is anticipated to remain closed for some time to allow collision investigation to take place.
“This is likely to be a complex inquiry that will take some time and I am grateful to the public for their patience while this is carried out.
“Further details will follow once they are available.”
A police spokeswoman told the Evening Express the southbound carriageway had been “obstructed”.
She said: “We received the call at 4.40pm regarding a collision on the A90 north of Laurencekirk.
*NEW* 17:00⌚#A90 is ⛔CLOSED⛔ in both directions around Glenbervie/Drumlithie after a serious RTC ⚠ Traffic queueing up in the area. Emergency services are on scene.@NETrunkRoads @Aberdeenshire pic.twitter.com/uAJdcboE3Z
— Traffic Scotland (@trafficscotland) March 12, 2019
“The road is currently closed in both directions and diversions are in place via the A92.
“The public are advised to avoid the area and seek an alternative route.
“Any person who witnessed the accident is asked to contact Police Scotland via 101 quoting incident number 2576 12th March 2019 or speak with any police officer.”
A spokesman from the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service said: “We received the call at 4.29pm about a collision between three cars and a bus.
“We have five appliances on the scene at the junction with Glenbervie and Drumlithie on the A90.
“We have 25 firefighters there in total.
“This included a heavy rescue unit. Four people have been cut free from vehicles.”