Thursday, August 13th 2020, 10:00 am - The train derailment is believed to have been caused by a landslide resulting from recent heavy rains.
Poor weather conditions reportedly played a role in a ScotRail passenger train derailment in northeastern Scotland, resulting in serious injuries and at least three deaths, according to various media reports.
On Wednesday morning local time, the train came off the tracks on the line at Stonehaven, in Aberdeenshire. First Minister Nicola Sturgeon called it an "extremely serious incident" on Twitter. Sturgeon mentioned the area had experienced significant storms with heavy rains recently.
"Early indications are that the heavy rain could have been the main factor in causing today's crash in Aberdeenshire," reports BBC.
British Transport Police later confirmed three people were pronounced dead at the scene and six more had been taken to hospital with injuries not considered serious. The train conductor was among those killed in the incident, according to the RMT union. Officers believed everyone who had been on board was accounted for.
VIDEO: RADAR SHOWS RAIN MOVING THROUGH SCOTLAND AT THE TIME
A landslide was reported near Stonehaven by Network Rail Scotland, with followup reports describing a landslide as the cause of the derailment. The agency posted a video on Twitter Wednesday, showing the landslide on the Carmont track, believed to be near the scene of the crash.
At Carmont, we’ve had reports of a landslip, which means services can’t operate between Dundee & Aberdeen. /2 pic.twitter.com/1E29tKHFhy— Network Rail Scotland (@NetworkRailSCOT) August 12, 2020
Railway maintenance authority NetworkRail Scotland is working with emergency services. British Transport Secretary Grant Shapps met with the rail operator about the incident. "The UK Government will provide every support. My thoughts are with those involved and their families," tweeted Shapps.
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."
Huge billowing black smoke from train on fire after derelailing near Stonehaven. pic.twitter.com/Rk01bS5RLI— Chris Harvey (@ChristopherHarv) August 12, 2020
Two air ambulances and about 30 emergency service vehicles were seen in a field just above the site. With steep terrain and dense woodland, it took rescue workers several hours to confirm casualty numbers.
Police officers stand in the area of the scene of a derailed passenger train near Stonehaven in Scotland, Britain, August 12, 2020. REUTERS/Russell Cheyne
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