3 Dead in Intercity 125 Derailment at Stonehaven

A ScotRail Intercity 125 service running from Aberdeen to Glasgow Queen Street on the morning of 12 August derailed near Stonehaven on the east coast of Scotland, causing the train driver, a ScotRail conductor and a passenger to lose their lives.

All three victims who died were declared dead at the scene. A further six people are being treated for minor injuries. There were three crew and six passengers on board in total.

The train is believed to have encountered a landslide on its journey south to Glasgow. As a result, the train – four carriages sandwiched between two power cars – turned back towards Aberdeen and then derailed (bar the rear power car) when it encountered a further landslide. One of the cars caught fire.

The British Transport Police was called to the scene at around 9:30am along with emergency services. The Rail Accident Investigation Branch (RAIB) and the Office of Rail and Road (ORR) are also participating in the investigation to determine the cause of the derailment.

Talking on Good Morning Scotland on 13 August, railway engineer Gareth Dennis noted that Scotland had been experiencing extreme weather and torrential rainfall in the region. Network Rail itself had released footage of flooding in the area. 60 percent of Great Britain’s 16,000km rail network sits on earthworks – embankments and cuttings – and the number of landslips on earthworks has almost doubled over the past ten years as a result of more extreme weather, he said.

The Transport Minister Grant Shapps is travelling to the scene today as is the Chief Executive of Network Rail, Andrew Haines.
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