A woman has died and two people are in hospital with serious injuries following a two-vehicle crash.
Two other people were also taken to hospital after the collision which happened on the A952 at Mintlaw at around 9.50pm on Thursday.
The 67-year-old woman who died, from the Peterhead area, was a passenger in a black Skoda Fabia driven by a 65-year-old man.
A 17-year-old girl who was also a passenger in the Skoda suffered serious injuries and was taken to Aberdeen Royal Infirmary (ARI), where she is in a stable condition.
The other car was a red Fiat 500 driven by a 41-year-old woman who suffered serious injuries and is in a stable condition at ARI.
The driver of the Skoda suffered minor injuries and he and a third passenger in the vehicle were also taken to hospital.
The road was closed for several hours following the crash while police examined the scene and later reopened.
Road policing sergeant Rob Warnock said: “My thoughts, and that of my officers, are very much with the family and friends of the 67-year-old woman who sadly died in this tragic collision.
“I would appeal to anyone who may have seen the crash or who may have seen either vehicle shortly beforehand and who hasn’t yet spoken with police to do so as a matter of urgency to help us piece together exactly what happened.”
Anyone with information is asked to contact Police Scotland via 101 quoting incident 4053 of August 23 2018.