Teenager killed on fireball crash could have skidded on oil spill

POLICE are investigating a suspected oil spill which has been linked to a fatal road crash in Aberdeenshire.

Euan Cowie, 19, of Aboyne, died in Aberdeen Royal Infirmary on Thursday night. It followed injuries he sustained when the black Vauxhall Corsa he was driving collided with a van on the B977 between Kintore and Dunecht.

The car burst into flames following the collision on the country road.

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Grampian Police later revealed that the road surface near the scene of the crash appeared to have been contaminated with oil, diesel or a similar substance.

They said it was believed to have been a contributory factor in the collision.

A spokesman for Grampian Police said: "Until we get the substance analysed to find out exactly what it is we are very much keeping our options open and it forms one of a number of lines of inquiry that we are following at the moment."

The police spokesman added: "Anyone who may have seen a vehicle leaking diesel or oil or who may have been aware of a spillage on the road in recent days is asked to contact Grampian Police."

Meanwhile, three people, two of them elderly, were taken to hospital for treatment yesterday after another accident.

They were injured in a three vehicle collision on the A90 Aberdeen to Stonehaven road near Fourdon.