A MAN has died after a crash involving two lorries, a van and a motorbike.

The A947 in Aberdeenshire was shut for five hours around a mile south of Fyvie following the four-vehicle pile-up at 8.03am yesterday. The man, who has yet to be named, is believed to have been the motorcyclist.

The 38-mile road from Aberdeen to Banff is known locally as an accident black-spot. In the past six years, the route has been the scene of more than 150 crashes - including 14 fatalities.

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Aberdeenshire Council last year launched a study looking at ways to improve safety on the road.

Local councillor Jim Gifford said: "My heart goes out to the family affected by this terrible tragedy. Police confirmed the motor­cyclist who died was in his 20s."

Councillor Peter Argyle, head of Aberdeenshire Council's infrastructure services, said: "I am very sad to hear the news of this fatal accident.

"The council is doing a great deal to improve the safety of the A947 for all those using it."