FOUR PEOPLE WERE left seriously injured in a head-on collision on the main A96 route through Moray last night.
One male motorist was airlifted to Raigmore Hospital in Inverness after being cut free from one of the two Vauxhall cars involved after the accident at the Threaplands junction near Lhanbryde.
Fire crews from Elgin and Fochabers rushed to the scene when the alert was raised at 4pm – and it quickly became apparent it was a serious situation with four land ambulances, an air ambulance and police all attending within minutes.
One of the cars involved in the collision is reported to have foreign number plates – two of the four occupants of both Corsa vehicles had to be cut free and it was not until 5.30pm that the most seriously injured man was flown to Inverness by air ambulance.
Last night police confirmed that all four people – two from each car – had suffered “serious” injuries. The road was closed in both directions with police setting up a series of diversions on the busy route, with the road remaining closed throughout the evening as investigators sought to uncover why the accident happened.
A spokesman for the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service said: “We sent three appliances to the scene at 4.10pm, two from Elgin and one from Fochabers. Four people were released from their vehicles and left in the care of paramedics.”
Three of those injured were taken to Dr Gray’s Hospital in Elgin for treatment and later transferred to Aberdeen Royal Infirmary.