Several agencies investigate deadly train derailment in Scotland

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Several agencies are investigating the train derailment in north-east Scotland that left 3 dead and six injured on Wednesday after heavy rains and flooding hit the area.

The Crown Office and the Public Finance Department will conduct an investigation and be assisted by the Railway Accident Investigation Branch and the Railways and Roads Bureau.

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As the investigation unfolds, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson said the most important thing is for the police to find out what caused the derailment, “and that we are all working with Network Rail, with everyone else. responsible “to guarantee” nothing like this happens again. ”

Early Wednesday morning, smoke was seen billowing from the railroad tracks near Stonehaven, about 100 miles northeast of Edinburgh, where ScotRail service from Aberdeen to Glasgow had derailed.

Derailed cars are seen at the scene of a train crash near Stonehaven, north-east Scotland, August 12, 2020 (Photo by Michal Wachucik / AFP via Getty Images)

Torrential rains had caused flooding and travel disruption in Scotland, and on Wednesday morning Network Rail Scotland tweeted warnings of a landslide affecting services in the area.

However, the flooding in central Stonehaven and the side streets leading to it has receded and it remains unclear whether the flooding was linked to the derailment, local lawmaker Andrew Bowie said after studying the flood damage.

“We obviously don’t know why the derailment took place, but we obviously suffered terrible weather conditions here,” he said.

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Images of the wreckage show several cars of the four-car train had gone off the rails and one had tumbled down an embankment

Dozens of ambulances, at least one air ambulance and fire trucks also rushed to the scene as the event unfolded.

Emergency services personnel are seen at the scene of a train crash near Stonehaven, north-east Scotland, August 12, 2020 (Photo by Michal Wachucik / AFP via Getty Images)

UK Transport Police said the train driver would be one of the three deaths. The Railways, Shipping and Transportation Union said the train driver is also believed to have died, although official identification has yet to take place.

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The other six injuries are not considered serious, officials said.

UK Transport Police Chief Superintendent Eddie Wylie said the derailed train was not a very busy service, “and from investigations (on CCTV) and witness statements, we believe all passengers have been found.

Emergency services attend the scene of a derailed train in Stonehaven, Scotland on Wednesday, August 12, 2020 (Ross Johnston / Newsline-media via AP)

Emergency services attend the scene of a derailed train in Stonehaven, Scotland on Wednesday, August 12, 2020 (Ross Johnston / Newsline-media via AP)

“However, once the area is secured, a full and thorough search will be carried out which will likely take some time,” he said.

In initial reports, Scottish Prime Minister Nicola Sturgeon called the derailment a “serious” incident.

Chief Railway Inspector Ian Prosser said inspectors were at the site helping with the preliminary investigation.

Serious rail accidents are rare in the UK The country’s last fatal derailment dates back to 2007.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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