Two young men have been killed after their car hit a tree in a horror crash in Aberdeenshire.
Emergency services were called to a one vehicle accident on the A93 Banchory to Aboyne road around 9.50pm on Thursday night.
The red Volkswagen Golf left the road near the entrance to Aboyne Loch Caravan Park and collided with the tree.
A total of 12 firefighters were called to the scene along with paramedics in a bid to try and cut free and save the two male occupants of the car.
But there was nothing they could do and the men, aged 24 and 32 years old, were pronounced dead at the scene.
Road Policing Inspector Jon Barron said: “This was a devastating and tragic incident which has very sadly resulted in the deaths of two young males.
“Our thoughts are very much with their families and friends at this difficult time.
“Our enquiries into the circumstances are at a very early stage.
“In order to help piece together exactly what has happened, it is vital that we speak with anyone that may have any relevant information.
“I would urge anyone who hasn’t yet got in touch with us to do so by phoning 101 or calling at their nearest police office.”
The road was closed overnight to allow a collision investigation to get underway. It reopened just after 6am this morning.”