A grandmother on a family day out has been named as the victim of a two-car crash on the A90 north of Ellon.
Jamesina Stewart, 57, from the Elgin area, died and five others were injured in the collision near the Toll of Birness junction on Saturday.
The accident has prompted fresh calls for the upgrading of the busy stretch of the route to Peterhead and Fraserburgh.
A family statement said: “Ina, was a loving daughter, mum and granny who had been on a day out with her daughter, son-in-law and two grandchildren as a pre-Mother’s Day visit.
“We are heartbroken and devastated that such a dedicated mum and loving person could be taken from us in such sudden and tragic circumstances.
“We would like to take this opportunity to thank all the members of the public who provided assistance at the scene of the accident, and are extremely grateful to the paramedics and fire service for all their efforts. In particular we would like to thank Police Scotland for their professional and sensitive approach in dealing with matters.”
Something must be done sooner rather than laterCllr Gillian Owen Ellon and District
The accident involved a Vauxhall Meriva and a black Renault Megane and happened around 1.50pm.
Sgt Neil Morrison, of Road Policing, said: “Our thoughts are with Ina’s family at this very difficult time.
“I would also like to express my thanks to those motorists who stopped at the scene offering assistance and first aid.
“While our inquiries are continuing, I would urge anyone who witnessed the collision and who has yet to come forward to call 101 as soon as possible.”
Meanwhile, the tragedy has led to renewed concern over the main route from Ellon to Peterhead and Fraserburgh.
Local councillor Gillain Owen, who spearheads the Why Stop at Ellon campaign which aims to have road dualled from Aberdeen to Peterhead, said: “Once again we are hearing of a tragic death on the A90 stretch between Ellon and Peterhead. Something must be done sooner rather than later.
“In the meantime my sympathy goes out to the family who have lost a loved one.”
Currently campaign leaders awaiting a Nestrans report on the road north of Ellon which Mrs Owen hopes will recommend connectivity, bringing the A90 into the 21st century for all those who use it.
She added: “I am concerned by the general state of repair of the road.
“I have forwarded my observations to Transport Scotland in the hope that they will under take immediate remedial work, though the long-term solution is to dual the road, reducing the stress on what is a well-used route.”