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Scotland: Serious Injuries Reported after Derailment of Passenger Train in Aberdeenshire

Serious injuries have been reported after a passenger train derailed near Stonehaven in Aberdeenshire as storms caused disruption across Scotland, on Wednesday morning at Stonehaven, British Transport Police (BTP) said in a tweet.

The incident - involving the 06:38 ScotRail service from Aberdeen to Glasgow Queen Street - took place at about 09:40 at Carmont, near Stonehaven.

The incident has been declared and about 30 emergency service vehicles - including air ambulance support - have been called to the scene.

 Smoke was seen coming from the area, where landslips have been reported.

Speaking to the Scottish Parliament on Wednesday afternoon, Scotland's First Minister Nicola Sturgeon said there had been early reports of serious injuries and mentioned that the area had suffered from significant storms. The derailment is an "extremely serious incident," Sturgeon tweeted.

Rail industry sources told the PA news agency that the suspected cause of the incident was a landslip. Andrew Bowie, the local Member of Parliament, said that Stonehaven had experienced flooding on Wednesday after "heavy rain."

Network Rail Scotland had posted a video earlier on Wednesday showing a landslip on the track at Carmont, believed to be close to the scene of the incident.

"Inverbervie station, the closest reporting weather station averages 57.6mm in August. They have recorded 55mm in 24 hours, so almost exactly a month's worth of rainfall in 24 hours, with the bulk of it coming between 3 a.m. and 8 a.m. local time this morning," said CNN meteorologist Brandon Miller.

The train had six cars, according to the UK's Rail Accident Investigation Branch. "A team of RAIB inspectors are on their way to the site to conduct a preliminary examination," it said in a tweet

According to the PA's industry sources, there were 12 people on board the train -- six passengers and six members of staff. They said that the train's locomotive and three carriages were derailed and had slid down an embankment.

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