Scores of people were injured in a train derailment in Scotland on Wednesday morning, after severe storms and flash flooding occurred overnight, officials said.
“Although details are still emerging, I am afraid to say that there are preliminary reports of serious injuries,” Prime Minister Nicola Sturgeon said in a statement to Parliament. She also called the derailment an “extremely serious incident” in a tweet on Wednesday.
British Transport Police said officers were called at 9.43am to the railroad tracks near Stonehaven, about 100 miles northeast of Edinburgh, where a train had derailed. Several ambulances, at least one air ambulance and fire trucks also rushed to the scene.
According to Sky News, the 6:38 a.m. train from Aberdeen to Stonehaven was carrying four cars which had a total of 12 passengers. Three of the four cars derailed and slipped on an embankment, the outlet reported.
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British Prime Minister Boris Johnson also tweeted that this was a “very serious incident”.
Before the accident, torrential rains and thunderstorms passed parts of central and eastern Scotland, causing widespread flooding and blackouts, the BBC reported.
“We obviously don’t know why the derailment took place, but obviously we suffered terrible weather conditions here,” said local lawmaker Andrew Bowie.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.
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