Two men and one woman who died in a horrific north-east crash were in the same car, it was revealed today.
The A90 was closed in both directions for more than 15 hours after two cars and a bus collided near Drumlithie, in what police described as a “challenging incident”.
The incident, involving a Renault Megane, a silver Ford B Max and a Citylink coach, took place at 4.30pm yesterday.
Multiple people were cut free from vehicles, which happened between Stonehaven and Laurencekirk.
Police today confirmed that two men and one woman were killed, all of whom we occupants of the red Megane. The three are also believed to have been foreign nationals.
Another two people in the car, a man and a woman, were taken to Aberdeen Royal Infirmary.
The male driver suffered minor injuries and the female passenger is being treated for serious, but not life threatening injuries.
Several ambulance units and a helicopter attended the scene, with two further people taken to Aberdeen Royal Infirmary.
Their injuries were described as serious but not life threatening.
The male bus driver sustained minor injuries.
None of the passengers on the bus were injured.
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Chief Inspector Stewart Mackie said: “Collision Investigators have been working throughout the night and we are hoping to open the A90 to traffic early this afternoon.
“I realise this will have created significant travel disruption to travellers and so I would like to thank them for their patience whilst we dealt with and continue to investigate this tragic incident.
“This would have been a difficult and harrowing scene for those who witnessed the collision and tried to offer assistance. I would like to express my gratitude for their efforts and to also thank the emergency services who dealt with this extremely challenging incident.
“My thoughts remain with everyone affected by this.
“If anyone witnessed the incident and hasn’t already spoken to the police I would ask that they contact officers on 101 using reference number 2576 of 12 March.”