The emergency services are currently dealing with a ScotRail train derailment in Aberdeenshire, Scotland.
The emergency services have declared a ‘major incident’ as they continue to respond to the incident.
The British Transport Police confirmed that they responded to the incident in Stonehaven ar around 09:43 hours this morning.
The police, fire and rescue service, ambulance service, HEMs and Coastguard are still dealing with the incident, and early unconfirmed reports suggest that there have been multiple casualties with at least one person dead.
The Press Association is reporting that the suspected cause of the derailment was a landslip and have confirmed that the train was the 06:38 service from Aberdeenshire to Glasgow.
Over the last 24 hours, there has been some severe flooding in the Aberdeenshire area.
Richard Clinnick, Head of News at RailMagazine.com, tweeted:
‘The front power car and all four of @ScotRail set HA22 went down the embankment near #stonehaven.
‘The @ScotRail IC7 set was returning north on the Down Main having encountered a landslip further south when the accident happened.
‘Incident log suggests 3 crew members and 6 passengers on board. At least one Mk 3 was on fire’.
Videos being shared on social media show white smoke rising from the area, along with several helicopters which have landed nearby.
Nicola Sturgeon 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’.
We will update this article with more information as-and-when we get it.
A ScotRail spokesperson added:
“We’re assisting the emergency services with an incident near Stonehaven, and will provide more information when available.”
Prime Minister, Boris Johnson, tweeted:
‘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’.
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