Three folks have died after a passenger prepare derailed close to Stonehaven in Aberdeenshire following an evening of thunderstorms and torrential rainfall.
The three lifeless have been the driving force, conductor and a passenger. Six different folks have been taken to hospital for remedy. Their accidents should not believed to be severe.
Emergency companies have been known as to the scene at 9.43am after 4 passenger carriages got here off the observe at Carmont, simply west of Stonehaven. About 30 emergency automobiles together with an air ambulance have been reported to have attended the scene.
It’s the first time a passenger has died in a prepare accident on the British railway community for the reason that Grayrigg derailment in Cumbria in 2007. The driving force was primarily based in ScotRail’s Aberdeen depot and was married with three youngsters. He and the opposite two victims have but to be named.
The ScotRail high-speed prepare had left Aberdeen at 6.38am and was travelling to Glasgow Queen Avenue. The TSSA union mentioned there was no indication as but as to what could have precipitated the derailment.
North-east Scotland was badly affected by heavy rain in a single day. Minutes after the derailment is believed to have taken place, Community Rail Scotland tweeted a video of flooding alongside warnings of a landslip at Carmont.
Rail trade sources steered the prepare had stopped forward of a landslide round Carmont and deliberate to return north, however then hit a second landslip because it headed again to Stonehaven. It’s understood that 12 folks have been onboard on the time – six passengers and 6 workers.
Ch Supt Eddie Wylie, of British Transport Police, mentioned: “This can be a tragic incident and in the beginning our ideas are with the households and associates of those that have very sadly died this morning.
“We stay on scene alongside our emergency service colleagues, and a significant incident operation has been beneath method. I want to reassure the general public that this was not a busy service, and from CCTV enquiries and witness statements we imagine all passengers have been accounted for. Nevertheless, as soon as the world has been made secure then a full and thorough search shall be performed, which is more likely to take a while.”
Scotland’s first minister, Nicola Sturgeon, thanked the emergency companies for his or her work all through the day and said: “My deepest condolences are with the family members of those that misplaced their lives on this tragic incident.”
Boris Johnson mentioned he was “saddened to study of the very severe incident in Aberdeenshire and my ideas are with all of these affected. My due to the emergency companies on the scene.”
The UK transport secretary, Grant Shapps, tweeted: “British Transport Police & Community Rail are on location, together with rail employees who have been close by. The UK authorities will present each assist. My ideas are with these concerned and their households.”
Rainstorms throughout east and central Scotland on Tuesday evening precipitated flooding, journey disruption and faculty closures on Wednesday morning.
The Scottish Environmental Safety Company issued a flood warning for Stonehaven, and water was flowing by the city centre.
NHS Grampian opened a welcome centre in Aberdeen for household and associates affected by the incident. The well being board’s chaplains will workers the centre and supply a direct hyperlink with A&E at Aberdeen Royal Infirmary, the place guests should not at the moment allowed owing to Covid-19 restrictions.
Alex Hynes, the managing director of Scotland’s Railway, mentioned: “Our ideas are with those that have been affected by this tragic occasion, notably the households of those that have misplaced their lives. The railway in Scotland is sometimes called a household, and it’s one that’s hurting right this moment.
“Now we have groups on web site and we are going to do all we are able to to assist everybody affected. We’re working carefully with all of the related authorities to determine the reason for this incident.”
Mick Lynch, the assistant normal secretary of the transport union RMT, mentioned: “The information behind this incident will have to be established in the end however at this stage we’re centered on assist and help and our ideas are with all these impacted by this tragedy.”
HM chief inspector of railways, Ian Prosser, mentioned inspectors have been on web site at Stonehaven aiding within the preliminary investigation. “We’ll work with different businesses, together with the emergency companies, to search out out precisely what occurred and establish the causes of this tragic incident,” he mentioned.
Final month an annual well being and security report by the Workplace of Rail and Highway (ORR) warned Community Rail of the rising hazard from excessive climate. It mentioned there have been six occasions extra flooding occasions on Britain’s railways in 2019-20 than within the earlier 12 months.
The report additionally famous an increase in landslips, and located that Community Rail’s plans to handle the local weather disaster and excessive climate have been “not maintaining with the frequency and severity of those occasions”.