A 63-year-old man has been killed and a 56-year-old woman seriously injured after a two-car crash on the A96 in Aberdeenshire.
The collision happened between Huntly and Inverurie, close to the A97 junction, about 1635 BST on Wednesday.
A Grampian Police spokesman said the man, named as Peter Wood, died at the scene and the woman was flown to Aberdeen Royal Infirmary for treatment.
The road was closed for accident investigations to take place.
Officers said the collision involved a northbound blue Renault Modus and a southbound black Volkswagen Golf.
Sgt Chris Whelan, who is investigating the collision, said: "The emergency services were called to a two-vehicle collision on the A96 Huntly to Inverurie Road, approximately one mile south of Huntly."
Mr Wood, from the Banffshire area, was fatally injured.
Sgt Whelan added: "The driver of the other car, a 56-year-old woman, suffered serious leg injuries and was air lifted to Aberdeen Royal Infirmary where her condition is described as stable."
Police appealed for witnesses to contact them.
The death brings the number of fatalities on Grampian's roads this year to 29.