A pensioner has died following a three-vehicle crash near a loch in Aberdeenshire.
Police were called to the scene on the A944 near Loch of Skene in Westhill around 11.45am on Thursday.
A 66-year-old male driver was pronounced dead at the scene. His next of kin have been informed of his death.
A male driver of another car was taken to hospital as a precaution and the road was closed for more than ten hours.
Police have urged witnesses to come forward, including the driver of a HGV travelling west just before the crash occurred.
Inspector Lorraine Mackie of the Road Policing Unit said: “Our enquiries are continuing to establish the full circumstances of what happened. Sadly, a man died and our thoughts are with his family and friends.
“I would ask anyone who may have witnessed the collision, or who may have dash-cam footage, and has not yet spoken to or provided this information to officers, to contact us as soon as possible.
“We are keen to trace the driver of an HGV who would have been travelling west on the A944 prior to the collision. The driver may be able to assist with enquiries.
“The road reopened at 10.30pm. I would like to thank members of the public for their patience while we carried out our investigation into this serious collision.
“Anyone with information should call Police Scotland on 101, quoting incident number 1153 of September 15.”