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Emergency services attend Stonehaven train crash

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A Scotrail passenger train has derailed near Stonehaven in Aberdeenshire.

Emergency services rushed to the scene around 9.45am, including paramedics, police, fire crews and an air ambulance. The crash has now been declared as a “major incident.” 

The scene can be seen covered in a huge cloud of smoke and reports suggest the train has “fallen down an embankment”. 

First Minister Nicola Sturgeon described it as an “extremely serious incident” and revealed there were reports of “serious injuries”.

Sturgeon also said: “All my thoughts are with those involved.”

It is unclear what caused the accident, but there are reports of an engine fire  and damage to the  rail line following a storm across central and eastern Scotland.

Grant Shapps, the UK transport secretary, confirmed that British Transport Police, Network Rail and nearby rail workers are all on location. 

Network Rail Scotland said: “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.”

Feature image credit: BBC

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