One feared dead and more injured after train derailed in Scotland

At least one person is feared to have died and serious injuries have been reported after a train derailed in Aberdeenshire amid heavy rain and flooding.

Wednesday, 12th August 2020, 1:48 pm
Updated Wednesday, 12th August 2020, 2:06 pm
Screen grab from BBC Scotland showing smoke billowing from the train on the track in the countryside near Stonehaven, Aberdeenshire . Emergency services are at the scene after a train derailed in Aberdeenshire.

Dozens of emergency service vehicles, including an air ambulance, went to the scene near Stonehaven where the ScotRail train crashed at about 9.40am on Wednesday, August 12.

The train involved was the 06.38 Aberdeen to Stonehaven, made up of a locomotive and four carriages.

It is understood 12 people were on board – six passengers and six staff.

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Sources have said the locomotive and three carriages derailed and slid down an embankment.

Smoke billowed from the area when the train is thought to have left the track.

Separate sources told the PA news agency at least one person has died, although that has yet to be officially confirmed.

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Scotland’s First Minister Nicola Sturgeon said although “details are still emerging”, there are “early reports of serious injuries”.

She said: “My immediate thoughts and the thoughts of those across the chamber are with all those involved.”

Prime Minister Boris Johnson wrote on Twitter: “I am saddened to learn of the very serious incident in Aberdeenshire and my thoughts are with all of those affected.

“My thanks to the emergency services at the scene.”

Video posted to social media by Network Rail Scotland earlier on Wednesday showed a landslip on the track at Carmont, believed to be close to the scene of the crash.

It is unclear whether the landslip was directly related to the derailment.

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