Lucky escape for four in car crash

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DRIVERS involved in a four vehicle pile up on the A947 between Oldmeldrum and St Katherines’ had a lucky escape last week, with no serious injuries.

The accident occurred after 1pm on Wednesday, with police, ambulance and the fire brigade attending the scene, just north of the notorious bends before reaching Oldmeldrum. The accident reportedly involved a small lorry, a tractor, a van and a car. Reporters at the scene were confronted with extensive wreckage of what looked initially to be a very serious accident.

Police closed the road for a period of around five hours while investigations and emergency rescue teams made efforts to cut two trapped passengers from two of the vehicles. Motorists were sent on long detours around the scene before the road was finally reopened at 6.05pm.

A spokeswoman for Grampian Fire Brigade told the Times that the emergency was attended by two fire engines, and that cutting equipment had to be used to retrieve two individuals from the car wreckage.

“Two appliances from Oldmeldrum attended the scene, and one from Inverurie,” she said. “There were two people trapped - one in the car, one in the van - who had to be cut out of their vehicles.

Meanwhile, a spokeswoman for Grampian police told the Times that after the incident, two people were taken to hospital by ambulance with non life-threatening injuries.

“Investigations are ongoing into the causes of the accident,” she said.