'Serious injuries' reported as passenger train derails in Stonehaven, Scotland amid flooding

Clay Curtis
August 13, 2020

Three people have died following the derailment of a train in Scotland on Wednesday.

They were taken to hospital but their injuries were not believed to be serious.

British Transport Police confirmed the derailment and said they were responding to the incident.

British Transport Police said those pronounced dead at the scene included the train's driver, as well as the conductor and a passenger.

"Formal identification has not yet taken place, but their family have been informed and are being supported by specially trained officers".

"The Duke of Edinburgh, and the entire Royal Family, join me in sending our thoughts and prayers to the families of those who have died and those who have been injured".

All of the people on board the train are now believed to be accounted for.

Torrential rain had caused flooding and travel disruptions in Scotland, and on Wednesday morning Network Rail Scotland tweeted warnings of a landslip affecting services in the area.

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Twelve people were onboard at the time - six passengers and six staff members, the newspaper said.

The BBC reported that the train was made up of two locomotives, one at the front and one at the back, and four passenger carriages. (Twitter - CapitalChambo) Plumes of smoke have been seen rising above the crash site in Stonehaven, in Scotland's east. (Twitter - CapitalChambo) About 30 emergency vehicles and a rescue helicopter have been deployed to the scene.

He revealed the train had been travelling north, attempting to return to Aberdeen, when it crashed.

"Reports were received of a train having derailed near Stonehaven at 0940am".

Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon described the derailment as a "major" incident and said she would be convening an emergency response meeting. "The River Carron, the main river which flows through it, had burst its banks, and the heavy rain had caused flooding in the center of Stonehaven and lots of the side streets leading off it".

The Lord Provost of Aberdeen, Barney Crockett, said: "On behalf of the City of Aberdeen I extend my heartfelt sympathy and condolences to the families of those lost in this awful accident".

Mr Shapps added that he wanted an interim report from Network Rail on the "wider issues" that may have led to the derailment on his desk by 1 September.

A train has derailed in Scotland in an "extremely serious incident".

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