Three people lose their lives in Scottish train derailment
STONEHAVEN (SCOTLAND) – A train derailed in eastern Scotland on Wednesday, taking the lives of three people. Scottish premier Nicola Sturgeon called it as an extremely serious incident.
The ScotRail train derailed in the morning following heavy rain overnight.
In the field just above the site of the derailment, one could see two air ambulances and about 30 emergency service vehicles. However, the derailed train could not be spotted on television footage.
Sturgeon, first minister of Scotland’s semi-autonomous government, said, “My deepest condolences are with the loved ones of those who lost their lives in this tragic incident.”
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson was saddened to learn of the “very serious incident”.
It was noted that police received reports of a train derailing near Stonehaven, 15 km (9 miles) south of Aberdeen, at 0940 am on Wednesday.
According to a news report by the BBC, the train had two locomotives, one at the front and one at the back, in addition to four passenger carriages. The front locomotive and three of the carriages had moved outside of the track and were seen on a river embankment.
Stonehaven and the surrounding area had been flood-stricken in recent days. Reports suggest a landslide might have been the reason for the derailment.
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