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Aberdeenshire Derailment Update: Emergency Number to Contact and Support Released by Scottish Government

 At least three  feared dead after a train derailment sparked a massive emergency response on the line between Dundee and Aberdeen.

A support centre has been set up for the families and friends of those affected after police, firefighters and ambulance crews were called to the tracks south of Stonehaven following the incident at about 9.45am.

If you are concerned about friends or family who may have been involved in the Stonehaven rail incident, you can call 01224 319519 for support, said Scottish Government. 

The train involved is said to have been made of up six vehicles. A landslip is reported to have caused the incident.

Rescue services progressing

There are unconfirmed reports that the driver died in the derailment and that there was a second fatality.

Reports of the fatalities, however at the Scottish Government’s daily briefing in Edinburgh First Minister Nicola Sturgeon confirmed there had been “serious injuries”.

She added: “I have just come off a call with Network Rail and the emergency services, and although details are still emerging, I am afraid to say there are early reports of serious injuries.

“The Scottish Government resilience room is operational and I will be convening a SCORE meeting with partner organisations as soon as possible this afternoon.

“Updates will be provided as they become available.

“Of course, my immediate thoughts are with all those involved in this incident.”

There has been a huge emergency response from the Scottish Ambulance Service with a helicopter called to the scene, along with a number of road vehicles and a Special Operations Response team.

Scotland’s Charity Air Ambulance helicopters from Perth and Aberdeen were both called to the scene.

UK Coastguard crews are also assisting.

A Scottish Ambulance Service statement reads: “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.”

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