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Motorist dies after A97 collision in Aberdeenshire

Crash scene
Image caption The emergency services were called to the A97

A man died and a woman and baby were flown to hospital by helicopter after a crash on the A97 in Aberdeenshire.

The two-vehicle collision happened on the Huntly to Aberchirder road, about five miles from Huntly, just before 10:40.

Grampian Police said the driver of a Fiat Stilo - aged in his 30s - died.

A woman in her 20s and a baby boy, who were both also in the Fiat, were flown to Aberdeen Royal Infirmary as a precaution but later released.

The male driver of a Land Rover Discovery which was also involved was taken to Jubilee Hospital in Huntly.

Image caption An air ambulance took a woman and a baby to Aberdeen Royal Infirmary

The road was closed for investigations to be carried out, and diversions were put in place.

Earlier, firefighters cut casualties free after a separate two-vehicle crash in Aberdeenshire. The collision happened on the A952 Toll of Birness to Mintlaw road, near Ardallie.

Grampian Fire and Rescue Service sent three engines, and two ambulances were also at the scene, alongside Grampian Police.

A fire brigade spokesman told the BBC Scotland news website that cutting gear was used on the two vehicles.

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