POLICE are investigating after a 4x4 collided with a car just outside Echt on Thursday morning.
Two people were taken to hospital from the scene, one with injuries described by police as serious.
The collision, which happened on a downhill bend just beyond Barnyards farm, occurred around 9.18am, and police closed the B9119 Echt to Tarland road while accident investigators went over the scene.
The blue Mitsubishi Shogun 4x4 appeared to have struck the passenger side of the silver Nissan Almera, causing extensive damage to both vehicles.
Grampian Police Traffic Inspector Roddy McInnes told the Herald: “It seems that there was more than one occupant in the larger vehicle, and that only the driver sustained slight injuries.
“It is my understanding that the Almera was travelling towards Tarland. We have not been able to identify what caused the accident yet.
“The snow melting has left a lot of water on the roads, and we will be considering these factors as part of our investigations.”
The driver of the Almera, since identified as 43-year old Rosemary Reid from the Alford area, was taken to Aberdeen Royal Infirmary in an ambulance and is understood to be in a critical condition.
Police are appealing for witnesses to contact them on 0845 600 5 700.