'Serious injuries' after passenger train derails in eastern Scotland

Cheryl Sanders
August 13, 2020

Three people have died after a passenger train derailed in Aberdeenshire, northeast Scotland.

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

The British Transport police said in a statement on Wednesday afternoon that three people had been killed.

"We're now responding to an incident on the line in Stonehaven, Aberdeenshire, where a train has derailed", British Transport Police said on Twitter. "His family have been informed and are being supported by specially trained family liaison officers".

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

Eddie Wylie, the British Transport Police's chief superintendent, said "I would like to reassure the public that this was not a busy service, and from CCTV enquiries and witness statements we believe all passengers have been accounted for".

Scotland's eastern and northern areas were hit with a month's worth of rain falling overnight, causing flooding and leaving people stranded.

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

The train which derailed was made up of two locomotives - at the front and back - and four carriages. Photographs show a massive plume of smoke rising from behind a hill, with emergency vehicles parked nearby.

First Minister Nicola Sturgeon said there had been "an extremely serious incident" and that her "thoughts are with all those involved".

Police received reports of a train derailing near Stonehaven, 15 km (9 miles) south of Aberdeen, at 0940 a.m. on Wednesday.

The ScotRail service from Aberdeen to Glasgow crashed amid heavy rain and flooding.

Union TSSA said the train was the 06.38 (3.38pm AEST) service travelling from Aberdeen to Glasgow.

Senior assistant general secretary Mick Lynch said: 'RMT is aware of the major incident at Stonehaven and our reps are liaising directly at senior level with both ScotRail and Network Rail.

The Scottish Conservative leader in Holyrood, Ruth Davidson, said her party's thoughts were with those in the incident and said: "It is clear that this incident is serious and it will have affected a number of families across Scotland".

"Between Burntisland and Kinghorn, we've had reports of two landslips, which have blocked the line", the Network Rail Scotland message said.

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