‘Serious injuries’ after passenger train derails near Stonehaven

The scene near Stonehaven. Photo: STV News
The scene near Stonehaven. Photo: STV News

Three people are believed to have died and more seriously injured after a passenger train derailed near Stonehaven in Aberdeenshire, Scotland.

Around 30 emergency vehicles, including an air ambulance, are at the scene and a major incident has been declared.

The incident – involving the 06:38 ScotRail service from Aberdeen to Glasgow Queen Street – took place at about 09:40 at Carmont, near Stonehaven.

British Transport Police said: “We’re currently responding to an incident on the line in Stonehaven, Aberdeenshire, where a train has derailed.

“Officers were called to the scene at 9.43am and remain there alongside paramedics and the fire brigade.”

The scene near Stonehaven. Photo: STV News
Photo: STV News

‘Extremely serious incident’

First Minister Nicola Sturgeon said it was an “extremely serious incident” and there were reports of serious injuries.

Ms Sturgeon said the derailment had happened in “a very difficult location for emergency services to access”.

“I know and appreciate that there will be many families who will be anxious if they believe they had relatives who were on that train.

“We will do everything we can to make sure the emergency services are supported, that families are supported.”

Prime Minister Boris Johnson said: “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.”

Torrential rain and thunderstorms have caused flooding and travel disruption across many parts of central and eastern Scotland.

Network Rail said it was investigating the derailment.

ScotRail posted on Twitter announcing they are assisting emergency services at the scene.

“We’re assisting the emergency services with an incident near Stonehaven and will provide more information when available,” a statement read.

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