A man was seriously injured at the weekend when a tractor tyre exploded while it was being inflated at a garage in Banchory.
The casualty was flown by air ambulance to Aberdeen Royal Infirmary and admitted with multiple injuries.
ARI sources described his condition as being ‘stable’ on Sunday night and said a second man admitted to the hospital’s care after the accident was being kept in for observation.
A witness to the incident at Framor Motors, Tillybrake, said: “I heard a bang and then someone shouting for an ambulance.
“Apparently the two men were blowing up a tractor tyre and it exploded.
“One of them was thrown up in the air, came down and landed on the back of his neck and head.
‘The paramedics worked on him for a long time before the helicopter took him away. The other man was thrown across the room onto a work bench.”
On Sunday, the garage was closed and there was a note displayed advising customers there had been an accident.
Garage owner Mike Morrison was unavailable for comment.
Police Scotland said that the Health and Safety Executive had been informed.