“Serious injuries” have been reported after a passenger train derailed near Stonehaven in Aberdeenshire as storms caused disruption across Scotland.
A major 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.
First Minister Nicola Sturgeon described it as an “extremely serious incident” and said there were early reports of “serious injuries”.
Speaking in the Scottish Parliament, she said: “My immediate thoughts, and the thoughts of those across the chamber, are with all those involved.”
Prime Minister Boris Johnson said: “I am saddened to learn of the very serious incident in Aberdeenshire and my thoughts are with all of those affected. My thanks to the emergency services at the scene.”
The incident took place at Carmont near Stonehaven as torrential rain and thunderstorms caused flooding and travel disruption across many parts of central and eastern Scotland.
The train was made up of two locomotives – at the front and back – and four carriages.
It is understood that the front locomotive and three passenger carriages have left the track and are now sitting on an embankment.
Network Rail had reported a landslip at Carmont.
British Transport Police said its officers had been called to the scene of the derailment at about 09:43.
NHS Grampian confirmed it was on a “major incident footing”, and ScotRail said it was assisting the emergency services.
Kevin Lindsay, the Scottish organiser for train drivers’ union Aslef, said: “We are aware that this is an extremely serious incident and our thoughts are with everyone involved.”
The RMT union’s Mick Lynch said: “The facts behind this incident will need to be established in due course, but at this stage we are focussed on support and assistance and our thoughts are with all those impacted by this tragedy.”
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