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Branches strewn across track in landslip close to where train derailed

Large amounts of water could be seen flooding a railway line in Carmont, close to where a train derailed this morning.

In a video shared by Network Rail Scotland, pools of flowing water can be seen on either side of the railway, while several branches cover a portion of the tracks. The train line posted the footage on Twitter to tell customers their services couldn’t operate between Dundee and Aberdeen due to reports of a landslip.

The clip was shared just minutes before a Dundee-Aberdeen line train derailed close to the old Carmont station, in Stonehaven, Aberdeenshire. The train driver is believed to have been killed in the crash, while there are fears of a second fatality.

The crash has been declared a major incident by Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon. Speaking before First Minister’s Questions today, she said there had been ‘early reports of serious injuries’ from emergency services at the scene.


Images from the area show the train carriages lying across the tracks, while thick clouds of smoke rise above the trees.

At least six ambulance vehicles, an air ambulance and a number of police response cars and fire trucks could be seen tending to the scene.

Before posting the video of the landslip, Network Rail Scotland warned customers that many of their routes had been disrupted by the bad weather.

They went on to list a series of areas where the lines would not be running as normal, including Dundee to Aberdeen.

Trains will also not be running from Perth or between Glasgow Central and West Calder and Polmont and Bo’ness due to the flooding, while overhead line equipment was damaged by lightning strikes between Stirling and Dunblane causing the line to also close.

There were two reports of landslips between Burntisland and Kinghorn which required the attention of emergency services.

A spokesperson wrote on Twitter: ‘With lightning strikes and intensely heavy rain falling overnight across Scotland, we’re seeing disruption to many routes.’

After the derailment, the train line put out another statement to confirm they were working alongside emergency services. They said it was ‘too early to confirm the exact nature and severity of the incident’.

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