A number of people have reportedly been seriously injured after a passenger train derailed south of Aberdeen in Scotland.
British Transport Police said officers were called to the scene at Stonehaven, about 160 kilometres north-east of Edinburgh, at 9:43am (local time) along with paramedics and the fire brigade.
At least 30 emergency services vehicles were in attendance according to the BBC, which reported smoke could be seen billowing from the scene of the incident.
« I’ve had an initial report from Network Rail and the emergency services and am being kept updated.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson said he was saddened to learn of the « very serious incident » in Aberdeenshire and his thoughts were with all those affected.
Scotland’s east had experienced torrential rain and thunderstorms which caused flooding on Tuesday evening and Wednesday morning.
Stonehaven is on the line for passenger trains linking Aberdeen with the cities of Edinburgh and Glasgow.
« We obviously don’t know why the derailment took place, but obviously we have suffered terrible weather here, » Mr Bowie said.
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