Three people were killed and several others injured in a train wreck in north-east Scotland. British police said on Wednesday, “Despite the paramedics’ efforts, we unfortunately have to confirm that three people were declared dead at the time of the accident.”
The train derailed this morning in the severely flood-hit county of Aberdeenshire. Hours earlier, the railway operator, Scotrell, warned of flooding in the area.
According to police, the train driver was among the dead. Six people are undergoing treatment in the hospital. Neither of them is said to have been seriously injured.
On the way from Aberdeen to Glasgow the train derailed near the town of Stonehaven in the morning. According to police, 30 ambulances were on site. According to a BBC report, a rescue helicopter was also in use.
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British Prime Minister Boris Johnson spoke of a “very serious incident”. He expressed his condolences to the victims. He said, “It is with great sadness that I have known the very serious incident in Aberdeenshire. My thoughts are concerned for everyone.” The Prime Minister thanked the local forces.
Scottish Prime Minister Nicola Sturgeon announced in Parliament that a “major loss event” was declared in the wake of the crash. The derailment of the train took place in an area which was difficult to reach. On television-published recordings, a large cloud of smoke could be seen at the scene of the accident.
Scottish MP Andrew Bowie spoke of a “massive rescue operation”. He had already spoken to British Transport Minister Grant Shaps about the incident. “My thoughts involve everyone,” Bowie tweeted. Shapps said he was in contact with the rail network company Network Rail Scotland. The government in London “will provide any assistance” it needs. (AFP)
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