A man has been issued a £800 fine after he admitted driving dangerously on a North-east road.
Douglas Thom, 63, crashed into another car while he was overtaking a fuel lorry.
The car he crashed with collided with a tanker that spilled diesel on the carriageway.
Thom appeared from custody at Aberdeen Sheriff Court and admitted driving dangerously on August 21, on the A96, near Ashgrove Services, Huntly.
He failed to keep a lookout, overtook a vehicle before a bend in the road, drove into the path and collided with an oncoming car and caused it to crash with the tanker.
The court was told that Thom, from the United States is on holiday in the area.
The incident took place around 4pm, and caused the road to be closed for around four hours.
Defence agent Bruce MacDonald said his client wanted to give his “apologies” for what happened.
Sheriff Morag McLaughlin banned Thom, whose address was given in court papers as Saplinbrae, Mintlaw, from driving for a year.