A man is critically ill in hospital following a horrific accident in the Mearns
The van driver whose injuries were described as “life-threatening” was cut free from his vehicle by firefighters.
Shocked commuters witnessed the incident on the southbound carriageway of the A90 Dundee-Aberdeen road near the turn-off to the Castleton Farm Shop at Fordoun.
At around 9.50am the blue van ended up on the central reservation as a result of the accident which left the front of the vehicle badly damaged.
The Ninewells Hospital trauma team from Dundee raced to the scene alongside police, four fire appliances and two ambulances.
Firefighters battled to free the man and he was rushed by ambulance to Ninewells with police working to clear the approach route.
Units were stationed on approach roads to the A90 and in laybys and bus stops to clear the path of traffic out of the way of the ambulance.
Vehicles were also waiting on the Kingsway in Dundee to ease the path for the ambulance as it made its way to hospital.
A lorry was also involved in the incident, however the driver was not injured.
The southbound carriageway remained closed for many hours to allow accident investigators to get to work and for the vehicles to be removed.
A diversion was put in place via the A92 at Stonehaven.
A spokeswoman for the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service said: “One person has been cut free. Four appliances have been sent to the scene.”
Appliances from Altens, Stonehaven and Laurencekirk left the scene just after 11am.
Two years ago two scientists from the James Hutton Institute were killed in an accident on the same stretch of road at Fordoun.
Dr Stewart Rhind and Dr Julian Dawson suffered fatal injuries after the car they were travelling in was involved in a smash with another vehicle on the A90 Dundee to Aberdeen road.
The loss of both lives was described at the time as an “immense loss” to Scottish science.
Police Scotland confirmed the A90 southbound had reopened by 5pm.