A WOMAN was killed and three people injured in a car crash near Forres in the early hours of this morning.
The 24-year-old was driving on an unclassified road by Califer Hill.
She was pronounced dead at the scene.
Her two passengers in the back were both seriously injured in the crash.
A 22-year-old woman suffered serious injuries and is being treated in Aberdeen Royal Infirmary.
While a 23-year-old man also suffered serious injuries and was taken to Raigmore Hospital, Inverness.
The front seat passenger, a 31 year old man, received only minor injuries and is currently being treated in Dr Gray’s Hospital, Elgin.
Police say they, along with the fire and ambulance services, attended the accident scene at about 1.35am.
Road Policing Sergeant Colin Matheson said, "My thoughts and those of my officers and the other emergency services who were in attendance are with all those affected by this terrible tragedy.
"I am extremely interested in speaking to anyone who may have witnessed the collision, or who may have seen the vehicle, a red Vauxhall Corsa, in the area beforehand.
"Similarly, I would urge anyone with information on where the vehicle and its occupants were before the collision to contact us in order to help piece together exactly what has happened."
The road remains closed for collision investigation to be carried out.
Anyone with information is asked to call Police Scotland on 101, quoting reference 185 of 20 September.