At least one person is believed to be dead after a ScotRail passenger train derailed and crashed a dam near Aberdeen in an area hit by severe flooding this morning. Other "serious injuries" were reportedly reported.
The train came off the tracks on the line at 9:40 a.m. today near the old Carmont station near Stonehaven in Aberdeenshire. 30 emergency vehicles and an ambulance were deployed on site.
The Class 43 Inter7City train was alleged to have three crew members and six passengers on board, and it was the 6:38 am departure from Aberdeen to Glasgow Queen Street, leaving Stonehaven at 6:53 am.
It comes after severe overnight flooding in the area, causing flash floods in Aberdeen and widespread disruption to the entire ScotRail network after thunderstorms. Network Rail tweeted a video that was filmed in the same area at 9:49 a.m. just minutes after the incident. It showed flooding on the line and said trains couldn't run.
Rail industry sources said the suspected cause was a landslide. The train affected consisted of a locomotive and four cars. It is understood that the locomotive and three cars derailed and slid down the embankment.
At least one person has died, according to unconfirmed reports. Dramatic video footage showed smoke coming from the area with at least seven ambulances alongside police cars and fire engines.
The RMT union confirmed it was now a "rescue operation" and the nearby Aberdeen Royal Infirmary reported a serious incident, while local MP Andrew Bowie said the flood situation in the area was "really bad".
Prime Minister Boris Johnson said today: “I am sad to hear of the very serious incident in Aberdeenshire and my thoughts go out to all concerned. My thanks go to the emergency services on site. & # 39;
Smoke rises from the area after the train broke off the tracks near the old Carmont station near Stonehaven in Aberdeenshire this morning at 10 a.m.
Stonehaven is served by ScotRail trains running north to Aberdeen and south to Edinburgh and Glasgow. It's also a focal point between Montrose and Inverurie.
Rail magazine news editor Richard Clinnick tweeted, “The front locomotive and all four ScotRail sets of HA22 were going down the embankment near Stonehaven.
Around the same time, Network Rail released a video of a landslide near the accident site
The video posted on social media today by Network Rail Scotland showed a landslide on the track in Carmont, believed to be near the crash site.
It is unclear whether the landslide was directly related to the derailment.
Network Rail tweeted at 9:49 am, "We have received reports of a landslide in Carmont, which means that no services can be operated between Dundee and Aberdeen."
The police had announced that reports of the train derailment had first been received at 9.40 a.m.
& # 39; The ScotRail IC7 set returned north on the Down Main after encountering a landslide in the accident further south.
The event log suggests three crew members and six passengers on board. At least one Mk 3 was on fire. & # 39;
Andrew Bowie, West Aberdeenshire and Kincardine MP, said the local hospital had reported a serious incident.
He said: “It is obviously a terrible situation, a train derailment, the emergency services are on site.
“I have already spoken to Grant Shapps, who has spoken to Network Rail and the UK Traffic Police who are apparently investigating and helping.
"I am aware that Aberdeen has reported a serious incident to Royal Infirmary."
Mr Bowie said he was in Stonehaven today to investigate the flood damage.
He said: “The situation was really bad this morning, the River Carron, the main river that flows through it, had burst its banks and the heavy rain had caused flooding in the center of Stonehaven and in many of the back streets that led away from it.
"Fortunately, the water has receded incredibly quickly and the river has peaked and is sinking."
"Obviously, none of us expected an incident as serious as a rail derailment to happen at the same time, but it just shows how damaging bad weather can be."
He added, “I don't think speculation is helpful right now. We obviously don't know why the derailment took place, but obviously we suffered terrible weather here. & # 39;
Nicola Sturgeon spoke before the First Minister's questions today that a serious incident had been reported regarding the train incident in Stonehaven.
The Scottish First Minister said that while "details are still underway" there are "early reports of serious injuries".
"My immediate thoughts and the thoughts of those in the whole chamber are with everyone involved."
The Scottish Government's resilience room is also now operational and the First Minister said she would call a meeting this afternoon.
The Scottish Conservative leader in Holyrood, Ruth Davidson, also expressed her party's condolences to those involved in the derailment.
She said, “May I add my party's thoughts to those that have already been expressed today about the Stonehaven incident.
& # 39; It is clear that this incident is serious and will affect a number of families across Scotland.
Nicola Sturgeon (pictured) spoke before the First Minister's questions today that a serious incident had been reported
The incident occurred around 10 a.m. on the Dundee-Aberdeen route this morning
In addition to police cars and fire engines, there were at least seven ambulances on site
"We are thinking of them at this point and also of the rescue workers who are currently present."
Union leader Sir Keir Starmer said: “My thoughts go with everyone involved in the serious incident in Aberdeenshire. Many thanks to all emergency services. & # 39;
Mick Lynch, Rail, Maritime and Transport Union's Assistant General Secretary, said: “RMT is aware of the major incident in Stonehaven and our employees are working directly with Scotrail and Network Rail at the highest levels.
& # 39; Our priority at this time is to support our members, their colleagues and their families and to do whatever we can to support the rescue operation that RMT members are currently involved in.
"The facts behind this incident will need to be clarified in due course, but at this stage our focus is on support and assistance and our thoughts go out to all who have been affected by this tragedy."
The General Secretary of the Transport Salaried Staffs' Association, Manuel Cortes, said: “Our thoughts go with those affected by this derailment, their families and the emergency services, and our members who are now involved in a rescue operation.
Flood is pictured on a road in Stonehaven, Aberdeenshire, near the ScotRail train derailment this morning
Stonehaven in Aberdeenshire was hit by severe flooding today after severe overnight thunderstorms
“Our union had concerns about the number of hours some of our members worked. However, it is far too early to speculate whether that may have contributed to this morning's incident. & # 39;
Transport Secretary Grant Shapps tweeted: “I just had an urgent meeting with Network Rail to find out about the derailment in Stonehaven.
The UK Traffic Police and Network Rail are on site, along with rail workers who were nearby. The UK government will provide all assistance. My thoughts go with those involved and their families. & # 39;
A Scottish Ambulance Service spokesman said: “We currently have several resources to deal with a train derailment near Stonehaven, including six ambulances, our specialty teams, ambulances, ambulance vehicles and the Scotstar Ambulance Service. More information will follow when we have it. & # 39;
The Office of Rail and Road (ORR) sent an inspector with a spokesman who said, “We are aware of an incident in which a train derails near Stonehaven.
& # 39; Emergency services are present and an ORR inspector will be present.
Flooding at Stonehaven in Aberdeenshire this morning after severe thunderstorms near the train derailment
A flooded street in Stonehaven is pictured nearby this morning on the same day the train derailed
"We will be working with the Railway Accident Investigation Department, UK Traffic Police and Ambulance Services to investigate the full circumstances of what happened."
A UK traffic police spokesman said: “We are currently responding to an incident on the line in Stonehaven, Aberdeenshire, where a train has derailed.
"Officers were called to the spot at 9.43 am and stay there alongside paramedics and the fire department."
A Police Scotland spokesman said: “It was reported that a train derailed near Stonehaven at 9.40am on Wednesday 12 August.
"Emergency services are currently present and the incident is ongoing."
A ScotRail spokesman said: "We are assisting the emergency services with an incident near Stonehaven and will provide more information as it becomes available."
A Network Rail spokesman said: “We are working with emergency services to respond to an incident involving a train near Stonehaven.
"It is too early to confirm the exact nature and severity of the incident. Further details will be provided as soon as they are known."
ScotRail had previously posted a message on Twitter shortly after 6:30 am, indicating that services across Scotland would be interrupted due to "extremely heavy rainfall".
A video shared on Facebook at 7:30 a.m. showed severe flooding in Stonehaven.
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