A man has appeared in court accused of causing the deaths of three people in a crash on the A90.
Marin Rachev was remanded in custody over the crash at Glenbervie in Aberdeenshire at 4.30pm on Tuesday.
He faced a single charge of causing death by dangerous driving during a short hearing at Aberdeen Sheriff Court.
Two men and a woman, who were passengers in a red Renault Megane Scenic, were pronounced dead at the scene.
Officers said they were foreign nationals.
Rachev, of no fixed abode, faced a charge of causing death by dangerous driving.
The 34-year-old made no plea and the case was continued for further examination.
He was remanded in custody pending a further hearing next week.
Another passenger in the car was seriously injured while the man who was driving the vehicle suffered minor injuries.
A man and a woman who were in a silver Ford B Max were also taken to Aberdeen Royal Infirmary with non life-threatening injuries.
The driver of a Citylink bus which was also involved in the smash suffered minor injuries. None of the passengers were hurt.