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Stonehaven Crash: ‘Serious Injuries’ After Train Derails In Aberdeenshire

Written by on August 12, 2020

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Stonehaven Crash: ‘Serious Injuries’ After Train Derails In Aberdeenshire

There are early reports of “serious injuries” after a train derailed near Stonehaven in Aberdeenshire in what is being classed as a “major incident”, Scottish first minister Nicola Sturgeon has said.

Pictures posted from the scene showed at least six ambulance vehicles, an air ambulance and a number of police response cars at the scene.

Smoke could be seen billowing in the background.

Rail industry sources told the PA news agency that the suspected cause of the incident was a landslip. Heavy rain and flooding also affected the area on Wednesday morning.

The train involved was the 6.38am Aberdeen to Stonehaven, made up of an engine and four carriages. It is reported that the engine and three carriages derailed, and slid down an embankment.

West Aberdeenshire and Kincardine MP Andrew Bowie said the local hospital had declared a major incident.

He told the PA news agency: “It’s obviously a terrible situation, a train derailment, the emergency services are on the scene.

“I’ve already spoken to Grant Shapps, who has spoken to Network Rail and the British Transport Police who are obviously investigating and assisting. I am aware that Aberdeen Royal Infirmary has declared a major incident.”

Speaking before First Minister’s Questions on Thursday, Nicola Sturgeon said that 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.”

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

ScotRail posted a message on Twitter shortly after 6.30am warning that services across Scotland would be disrupted due to “extremely heavy rain flooding”.

A video shared on Facebook at 7.30am shows heavy flooding in Stonehaven.

Bowie had been in Stonehaven surveying the flood damage earlier on Wednesday, describing the situation as “really bad”.

He said: “The main river which flows through it, had burst its banks and the heavy rain had caused flooding in the centre of Stonehaven and lots of the side streets leading off it.

“Luckily, the water receded incredibly quickly and the river has peaked and is going down. Obviously none of us expected there to be such a serious incident as a rail derailment at the same time, but it just goes to show how damaging the bad weather can be.”

He added: “I don’t think speculation is helpful at this stage. We obviously don’t know why the derailment took place, but obviously we have suffered terrible weather here.”

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