Passenger train derailed in Scotland, 3 die
Published: 09:32 PM, 12 August 2020 Updated: 10:41 PM, 12 August 2020
At least three people including driver have been killed when a passenger train derailed in northeast Scotland, according to police.
Country's First Minister Nicola Sturgeon described it as an “extremely serious incident”.
The incident took place at 9.40 am local time, in Carmont area near Stonehaven in Aberdeenshire as storms caused disruption across Scotland.
About 30 emergency service vehicles including air ambulance support have been called to the scene.
Smoke was seen coming from the area, where landslips have been reported.
Torrential rain and thunderstorms have caused flooding and travel disruption across many parts of central and eastern Scotland.
Ms. Sturgeon said the derailment had happened in “a very difficult location for emergency services to access”.
“We will do everything we can to make sure the emergency services are supported, that families are supported,” she added.
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.”
The train was made up of two locomotives - at the front and back - and four carriages.
It is understood that the front locomotive and three passenger carriages have left the track and are now sitting on an embankment.
British Transport Police said its officers had been called to the scene of the derailment at about 09:43.