Further to our breaking story earlier today on the train derailment in Aberdeenshire we can now confirm that three people have lost their lives in the incident, including the driver of the train and the conductor.
They were all pronounced dead at the scene of the crash in Stonehaven, Aberdeenshire. Six further passengers have been taken to hospital according to reports from the British Transport Police although their injuries do not appear to be life threatening.
Sources from the rail industry said that they suspected the derailment was caused by a landslip following severe flooding in the area. The locomotive engine and three of the four carriages came off the rails and slid down the adjoining embankment.
Speaking to Sky News, Prime Minister Boris Johnson said that he was deeply saddened to hear about the incident and his thoughts are with those involved and their families. He went on to say that the reason it was so shocking is that train crashes are so rare on the country’s vast network. Scotland’s first minister, Nicola Sturgeon, said that her deepest condolences are with the families who have lost loved ones in this tragic accident. According to reports at least 30 emergency vehicles were deployed to the scene of the incident and footage showed smoke billowing high into the air. Network Rail said that they have started the investigation into the tragic accident.
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