A train has derailed near Stonehaven in Aberdeenshire.
Emergency services responded to the incident this morning, with an air ambulance called to the scene.
As yet there are no reports on injuries.
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. https://t.co/veKAgMwZ36
— Nicola Sturgeon (@NicolaSturgeon) August 12, 2020
Just off the phone with Sec State Transport, @grantshapps regarding the train derailment South of Stonehaven who has spoken and is liaising with @ScotRail & @NetworkRailSCOT. Emergency Services at the scene. Thoughts with every single person involved. Will update more when I can.
— Andrew Bowie MP (@AndrewBowie_MP) August 12, 2020
— Michael Matheson MSP (@MathesonMichael) August 12, 2020
A statement from British Transport Police said: “We’re currently responding to an incident on the line in Stonehaven, Aberdeenshire, where a train has derailed.
“Officers were called to the scene at 9.43am and remain there alongside paramedics and the fire brigade.
“All further updates will be shared here.”
Network Rail tweeted: “We are working alongside the 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 and more details will be made available once known.”
Emergency vehicles and an air ambulance in a field near to the railway. Smoke still billowing from the area. pic.twitter.com/LjE6ivbEEA
— Ben Philip (@BenPhilip_) August 12, 2020
Images posted on social media show smoke billowing from the area around the tracks.
A ScotRail spokesperson said: “We’re assisting the emergency services with an incident near Stonehaven and will provide more information when available.”
Scottish Conservative north-east MSP Liam Kerr said: “I’m absolutely shocked to hear about this frightening incident which has resulted in passengers being injured.
“The north-east has faced extreme weather conditions and it’s paramount checks are made to the track to ensure it is safe for rail travel to commence.
“My thoughts go to the passengers and staff on board the train who have been affected by this harrowing incident.
“A full investigation must also be carried out by ScotRail to identify why this derailing has happened.”
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