Two pensioners were taken to hospital after a serious crash between two cars on a major road near Moray.
Emergency services were alerted to the collision on the A96 between Nairn and Forres at around 3pm on Monday.
The crash occurred near Brodie and involved a red Citroen C1 which was travelling east and a red Kia Soul which was travelling west.
The 82-year-old female passenger of the Citroen suffered life threatening injuries and the 83-year-old male driver sustaining serious injuries.
Both are currently receiving treatment at Raigmore Hospital in Inverness.
The 69-year-old male driver – and only occupant – of the Kia sustained minor injuries and was taken to hospital for checks.
The road was closed for seven hours while specialist officers carried out investigations at the scene.
Officers are now seeking to trace witnesses, especially a group of people who stopped at the scene immediately after the collision and provided aid to the occupants of both cars, but left before emergency services arrived.
Road policing sergeant Alexander Bowser-Riley said: “Our enquiries into the collision are continuing and I would appeal for anyone who witnessed the collision or saw either of the two vehicles prior to the collision to speak to police.
“We are also looking to trace a number of people who stopped immediately after the collision and provided assistance to the occupants of both vehicles. They left prior to our arrival and I would ask them to get in touch quoting incident number 2039 of July 11, 2022.
“Anyone with information can contact Police Scotland on 101.”
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