‘Extremely serious’ train derailment in Aberdeenshire, Scotland
A passenger train has derailed in Aberdeenshire, northeast Scotland, following heavy rain and a landslip in the area, with initial reports of serious injuries.
The derailment occurred on Wednesday morning at Stonehaven, British Transport Police (BTP) said in a tweet.
Speaking to the Scottish Parliament on Wednesday afternoon, Scotland’s First Minister Nicola Sturgeon said there had been early reports of serious injuries and mentioned that the area had suffered from significant storms. The derailment is an “extremely serious incident,” Sturgeon tweeted.
Rail industry sources told the PA news agency that the suspected cause of the incident was a landslip. Andrew Bowie, the local Member of Parliament, said that Stonehaven had experienced flooding on Wednesday after “heavy rain.”
Network Rail Scotland posted a video earlier on Wednesday showing a landslip on the track at Carmont, believed to be close to the scene of the incident.
“Inverbervie station, the closest reporting weather station averages 57.6mm in August. They have recorded 55mm in 24 hours, so almost exactly a month’s worth of rainfall in 24 hours, with the bulk of it coming between 3 a.m. and 8 a.m. local time this morning,” said CNN meteorologist Brandon Miller.
The train had six cars, according to the UK’s Rail Accident Investigation Branch. “A team of RAIB inspectors are on their way to the site to conduct a preliminary examination,” it said in a tweet