Major incident declared after train derails in Scotland

Wednesday, August 12, 2020

Nicola Sturgeon has declared a major incident after a train derailed this morning in Stonehaven, Aberdeenshire, with one feared dead and reports of other serious injuries.

Dozens of emergency vehicles, including an air ambulance, are at the scene, where a ScotRail train crashed at about 9.40am amid heavy rain and flooding.

Smoke can be seen billowing from the train track in the Scottish countryside, with rail industry sources reporting that the suspected cause of the incident was a landslip.

The train involved was the 06.38 Aberdeen to Stonehaven, made up of a locomotive and four carriages. It is understood that the locomotive and three carriages derailed, and slid down an embankment.

Speaking before First Minister’s Questions today, Ms Sturgeon said although “details are still emerging”, there are “early reports of serious injuries”.

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

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

The Scottish government’s resilience room is also now operational, and the First Minister said she will convene a meeting this afternoon.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson tweeted: “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.”

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