A passenger train derailed in northeast Scotland on Wednesday, with reports of “serious injuries” in what First Minister Nicola Sturgeon described as “an extremely serious incident”.
The crash, close to the town of Stonehaven around 25 kilometres south of Aberdeen, followed severe flooding across parts of the region overnight.
Smoke could be seen rising from the scene in pictures broadcast on television news channels.
“The emergency services are currently on site and a major incident has been declared,” Sturgeon said.
“I am afraid to say that there are early reports of serious injuries,” she added, after earlier noting on Twitter it was an “extremely serious incident”.
This is an extremely serious incident. I’ve had an initial report from Network Rail and the emergency services and am being kept updated. All my thoughts are with those involved. https://t.co/veKAgMwZ36
— Nicola Sturgeon (@NicolaSturgeon) August 12, 2020
SERIOUS FLOODING AND LANDSLIDES
TV presenter Chris Harvey was in the region and said there was a “huge amount of dark smoke billowing up from a train that we believe has derailed on the Dundee to Aberdeen line.”
He said air ambulance and paramedics were arriving on scene. The Manchester Evening News reported that the train 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,” it said.
British media reports suggested the train came across a landslide that caused it to derail.
It has also been reported one carriage went up in flames, however this has not been confirmed by emergency services.
Earlier, Network Rail Scotland tweeted “with lightning strikes and intensely heavy rain falling overnight across Scotland, we’re seeing disruption to many routes.”
It also shared a video of serious flooding affecting the line between Dundee and Aberdeen.
EMERGENCY VEHICLES ON SCENE
Some 30 emergency vehicles were attending the scene of the derailment which happened at 9:40am (08:40 GMT).
Network Rail Scotland, the company which looks after the rail infrastructure, said it was working alongside emergency services.
“It is too early to confirm the exact nature and severity of the incident and more details will be made available once known,” it said.
A Scottish Ambulance Service spokesman said: “We currently have multiple resources in attendance at a train derailment near Stonhaven, including six ambulances, our special operations response teams, air ambulance, patient transport vehicles and the Scotstar emergency service.”
Local MP Andrew Bowie said a “major emergency service response” was underway and he had spoken to the British transport minister, Grant Shapps, about the incident.
“Thoughts with every single person involved,” tweeted Bowie.
Just off the phone with Sec State Transport, @grantshapps regarding the train derailment South of Stonehaven who has spoken and is liaising with @ScotRail & @NetworkRailSCOT. Emergency Services at the scene. Thoughts with every single person involved. Will update more when I can.
— Andrew Bowie MP (@AndrewBowie_MP) August 12, 2020
Just met urgently with @networkrail for a briefing on Stonehaven derailment. British Transport Police & Network Rail are on location, along with rail workers who were nearby. The UK Government will provide every support. My thoughts are with those involved and their families.
— Rt Hon Grant Shapps MP (@grantshapps) August 12, 2020
Thunderstorms and torrential rain had battered parts of central and eastern Scotland overnight.
Originally published as ‘Serious injuries’ after train derails