Officers have thanked members of the public who stopped and helped them after a three-vehicle crash on the A90 which claimed the lives of three people.
Emergency services were called to the A90 at Glenbervie yesterday after a bus and two cars collided.
Chief Inspector Stewart Mackie said emergency service staff were met with a “challenging” scene yesterday.
Two men and a woman died at the scene with four people taken to Aberdeen Royal Infirmary.
Chief Insp Mackie said: “At 4.30pm yesterday police and other emergency services were called to the A90 after a three-vehicle road traffic collision near Drumlithie.
“At that time it was a particularly challenging scene for all the emergency services attending and indeed members of the public who stopped to help us.
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“Sadly three people died at the scene last night and four people were taken to hospital. Three of those had serious injuries.
“We take the investigation into an incident like this very seriously and it is important for us to carry out a thorough investigation to capture as much evidence from the scene so we can piece together what has happened.
“I appreciate it has taken a long time gather evidence from the scene but this has been due to the challenge scene and the weather.
“I want to pass on my appreciation to members of the public for their patience while we carry out that work.”