TWO men have been rushed to hospital - one by air ambulance - after a car left the road and collided with a tree in Aberdeenshire.
• Two men have been taken to hospital after a car collided with a tree on the A90 Peterhead to Fraserburgh road
• One man taken to Aberdeen Royal Infirmary by air ambulance
The one vehicle accident happened shortly after 5am on the A90 Peterhead to Fraserburgh road on the Hallmoss straight, just north of Peterhead.
A spokesman for the Aberdeenshire division of Police Scotland said: “As a result of the incident involving a car, one male has been conveyed to Aberdeen Royal Infirmary by ambulance with serious injuries.
The other male has been transferred to ARI by air ambulance. The extent of his injuries are not known at this stage.”
Sixteen firefighters were called to the scene to help free the driver who was trapped in the mangled wreckage of the vehicle.
The busy road has been completely blocked as a result of the accident and traffic is being diverted onto the A950 to Mintlaw and then onto the A952 to Fraserburgh.
It was later revealed that it had taken firefighters almost three hours to free one of the two injured men from the wreckage of the car.
A spokesman for the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service said: “Three fire appliances, two from Peterhead station and one from Maud station, were mobilised to the incident, where two men were trapped in a car which had impaled against a tree.
“Firefighters on scene were faced with an extremely difficult and challenging task to remove the two men from the vehicle. However, firefighters stabilised the vehicle and utilising specialist cutting gear removed the first casualty from the vehicle at approximately 5.50am before being transported to hospital in an ambulance.”
He added: “Working very closely with trauma doctors, paramedics and the police, firefighters worked hard under very difficult and challenging conditions to free the second casualty who was badly trapped, removing him from the vehicle just before 8.20am. He was then transported to hospital by air ambulance.”
Station Manager Bruce Milne said: “I would like to praise the joint efforts of all emergency services at this very challenging incident. Our firefighters used a selection of specialist equipment including hydraulic cutting equipment, saws and winches to remove both men from the vehicle.”