FIVE people have died and five more are injured after a crash between a minibus and a car.
The accident happened on the A96 between Huntly and Keith, Moray, on Thursday night.
A four-year-old Italian boy was among five people killed in a crash between a minibus and a car on the A96 in the north-east of Scotland.
Police Scotland said the minibus was carrying a group of Italian tourists, with a woman and the young boy among those who died.
Three passengers in the car, two women and 69 and 70 and a 63-year-old man, were also killed.
Five other people, including a three-year-old Italian boy, were taken to hospital for treatment following the collision between Huntly and Keith, in Moray, shortly before midnight on Thursday.
Police Scotland road policing sergeant Peter Henderson said: “Motorists are thanked for their patience at this time and we would urge anyone who was in the area last night leading up to the incident at around 11.50pm to please get in touch as our inquiries at the scene continue.
“Our thoughts are with all those affected by this tragic incident at this very sad time.”
A section of the A96 has been closed with local diversions in place.
Local politicians said they were shocked by the incident.
Our thoughts are with all those affected by this tragic incident at this very sad time. We would urge anyone who was in the area last night leading up to the incident at 11.50pm to please get in touch as our enquiries at the scene continue. Please quote ref. no. 5002 of July 26 https://t.co/FsVAwOMp7Z
— NorthEastPolice (@NorthEPolice) July 27, 2018
Moray MSP Richard Lochhead said: “So sorry to hear about such an awful tragedy locally.
“My thoughts are with everyone affected and thanks to emergency services. The community will be shocked by this sad news.”
Moray MP Douglas Ross tweeted: “Terrible news this morning. Five people were killed on the A96 last night and another five injured.
“Our thoughts are with all affected at this time.”
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