A man has appeared in court accused of causing the death of three people in a crash involving a bus and two cars in the Mearns.
Marin Rachev was remanded in custody over the crash on the A90 Aberdeen to Dundee road at Glenbervie, which occurred at about 4.30pm on Tuesday.
He faced a single charge of causing death by dangerous driving during a short hearing at Aberdeen Sheriff Court.
A Citylink coach and two cars, a Renault Megane and a Ford B Max, were involved in the smash.
The two men and woman killed in the crash were passengers in the Renault Megane and are understood to be foreign nationals.
Four others were injured and taken to hospital.
Rachev, 34, of no fixed abode, appeared at Aberdeen Sheriff Court facing one charge of causing death by dangerous driving on petition.
During a brief private hearing he made no plea and the case was continued for further examination.
He was remanded in custody pending a further hearing next week.