İrem UZUN -TDO- At least three people have died after a passenger train derailed in Aberdeenshire, northeast Scotland, following heavy rain and a landslip in the area. British Transport said in a statement that "despite the best efforts of paramedics, we can confirm that three people have been pronounced dead at the scene." According to the CNN, rail industry sources told that the suspected cause of the incident was a landslip.
Stonehaven is on the line for passenger trains linking Aberdeen with the cities of Edinburgh and Glasgow. The hilly area was hit by storms and flash flooding overnight. Images from the site of the derailment showed smoke billowing from the scene and a rescue helicopter circling overhead. The Scottish Ambulance Service told the UK's Press Association that its response included six ground ambulances, an air ambulance, a special operations team and other transport vehicles. About 30 emergency vehicles and a rescue helicopter have been deployed to the scene.
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson expressed sadness at the accident on Twitter. "I am saddened to learn of the very serious incident in Aberdeenshire and my thoughts are with all of those affected," he said. "My thanks to the emergency services at the scene." Railway maintenance authority NetworkRail Scotland said it was working with emergency services. "It is too early to confirm the exact nature and severity of the incident and more details will be made available once known," it said in a tweet. "The UK Government will provide every support. My thoughts are with those involved and their families," British Transport Secretary Grant Shapps tweeted.