A train crash near Stonehaven, Aberdeen was reported to local police at approximately 9.45am on Wednesday. Footage of the derailment has emerged on social media, showing a billowing black cloud of smoke engulfing the Aberdeenshire hills. At least seven ambulances rushed to the scene to treat potential injuries, and police vans were pictured metres away from the accident site.
A spokesman for Police Scotland said: “A report was received of a train having derailed near Stonehaven at around 9.45am on Wednesday August 12.
“Emergency services are in attendance and the incident is ongoing.”
The driver of the derailed train is believed to have died, with several local outlets suggesting another person has also died.
The British Transport Police wrote on Twitter: “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.”
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The Stonehaven train crash caused a massive cloud of smoke
The Stonehaven train crash was reported shortly after 9.40 in Wednesday
BBC Scotland reporter Ben Philip said an air ambulance had also intervened on the scene: “A major emergency service response to a train derailment near Stonehaven. An air ambulance is in attendance.
“A lot of smoke is coming out of the tree line where the railway track runs. Ambulances arriving by the minute.”
First Minister Nicola Sturgeon wrote on Twitter: “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.”
Addressing MSPs following the crash, Ms Sturgeon there are “early reports of serious injuries” as she confirmed the train involved in the crash was a passenger train.
At least seven ambulances intervened on scene of the Stonehaven train crash
Nicola Sturgeon said there are reports of “serious injuries” from the Stonehaven train crash
The First Minister said: “The emergency services are currently on site and a major incident has been declared.
“I have just come off a call with Network Rail and emergency services and although details are still emerging, I’m afraid there are early reports of serious injuries.
“The Scottish Government’s resilience room is operational and I will be convening a meeting as soon as possible this afternoon.
“Updates will be provides as they become available however my immediate thoughts are with all those involved in this incident.”
The driver of the train is believed to have died and another person is feared dead.
West Aberdeenshire and Kincardine MP Andrew Bowie said he has been in contact with Transport Secretary Grant Shapps, who has been liaising with Network Rail Scotland and ScotRail about the crash.
Emergency respondents rushed to the scene of the Stonehaven train crash
Mr Bowie said: “Thoughts with every single person involved. Will update more when I can.”
Transport Secretary Shapps said: “Just met urgently with @networkrail for a briefing on Stonehaven derailment. British Transport Police & Network Rail are on location, along with rail workers who were nearby.
“The UK Government will provide every support. My thoughts are with those involved and their families.”
It is unclear whether the crash caused any casualties but nearby Aberdeen Royal Infirmay has reported a major incident.
Network Rail Scotland wrote on Twitter: “We are working alongside the emergency services to respond to an incident involving a train near Stonehaven.
An air ambulance also intervened after the Stonehaven train crash
Firefighters pictured at the crash site
“It is too early to confirm the exact nature and severity of the incident and more details will be made available once known.”
A Scottish Ambulance Service spokesman said: “We currently have multiple resources in attendance at a train derailment near Stonhaven, including six ambulances, our special operations response teams, air ambulance, patient transport vehicles and the Scotstar emergency service.
“More information will follow when we have it.”
Secretary of State for Scotland Alister Jack said: “My thoughts go out to everyone involved in the train derailment near Stonehaven this morning and I thank all the emergency responders at the scene.”
The Office of Rail and Road (ORR) confirmed one of their inspectors had been dispatched to the scene to help emergency sercices.
The ORR said: “We’re aware of an incident involving a train derailment in Stonehaven.
“Emergency services are in attendance and an ORR inspector will be attending. We will work with @railgovuk, @BTP and the emergency services to investigate the full circumstances of what has happened.”
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