Two sisters die after car hits tree near Tocher

crash scene in tocher The silver Mitsubishi Shogun hit a tree on the A920

Two sisters have died and a husband and wife have been seriously injured after a car struck a tree in Aberdeenshire.

The silver Mitsubishi Shogun left the road on a stretch of the A920 Colpy to Oldmeldrum road, near Tocher, at about 16:10 on Sunday.

Police Scotland said two "elderly" female passengers were pronounced dead at the scene.

Another woman and the male driver were taken to hospital. Their conditions were described as "critical".

The couple in hospital are understood to be a husband and wife from Tarves in Aberdeenshire aged 74 and 60 respectively.

'Tragic incident'

They were travelling in the front of the vehicle.

The rear-seat passengers who died were sisters.

One was aged 80 and lived in Texas while the other was reported to have been from England.

Crash investigations are continuing and officers have appealed for witnesses.

Sgt Chris Whelan said: "This is a very tragic incident involving the deaths of two elderly ladies."

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