At least one feared dead after train derails and bursts into flames
A train has derailed in north-east Scotland after reportedly falling down an embankment following a night of torrential downpours.
First Minister Nicola Sturgeon said a major incident has been declared and there are ‘early reports of serious injuries’. There are also unconfirmed reports that one person has died.
The train came off the tracks on the Dundee-Aberdeen line just before 10am, close to the old Carmont station near Stonehaven in Aberdeenshire. Shortly afterwards, Network Rail Scotland tweeted that services would not be operating on that line due to reports of a landslip.
The rail operator said it was investigating the derailment and that it was too early to confirm the exact nature and severity of the incident, though Ms Sturgeon called it ‘extremely serious’.
Pictures posted from the scene showed at least six ambulance vehicles, an air ambulance and a number of police response cars and fire trucks. Meanwhile, huge plumes of smoke could be seen billowing in the air.
The number of people believed to be injured has not been confirmed.
It comes after a night of flash flooding, lightening and thunderstorms in Scotland, which left streets and railway tracks submerged in water, causing travel chaos,
Ms Sturgeon was briefed on the incident by emergency services just before standing up at Holyrood for First Minister’s Questions.
She will be having meetings with government and emergency officials through the afternoon.
‘Details are still emerging but there are early reports of serious injuries,’ she said.
She also tweeted: ‘This is an extremely serious incident. I’ve had an initial report from Network Rail and the emergency services and am being kept updated. All my thoughts are with those involved.’
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