"This is an extremely serious incident," said Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon. - AFP
"This is an extremely serious incident," warned Scottish Prime Minister Nicola Sturgeon. If the number of passengers affected by the derailment of a train that occurred on Wednesday in the north-east of Scotland, the accident would have made "serious injuries" warned the elected.
Volumes of smoke were emerging from the scene of the incident, which occurred in a hilly region affected in recent days by flooding, where several emergency vehicles and a helicopter poured in, according to images broadcast by the BBC. The train itself was not visible.
"We are currently dealing with an incident on the line at Stonehaven, Aberdeenshire, where a train derailed", tweeted in the morning the British transport police. "The officers were called to the scene at 09:43 (08:43 GMT) and remain there alongside paramedics and firefighters," added the police, without further details on possible victims.
This is an extremely serious incident. I've had an initial report from Network Rail and the emergency services and am being kept updated. All my thoughts are with those involved. https://t.co/veKAgMwZ36- Nicola Sturgeon (@NicolaSturgeon) August 12, 2020
Heavy rain and thunderstorms occurred overnight from Tuesday to Wednesday in Scotland, which caused flooding in the area and caused delays in rail traffic. “Our teams worked all night trying to keep the network open, despite torrential rains and lightning. There are, however, disruptions on several routes, ”Network Rail Scotland tweeted in the morning.
MP Andrew Bowie who was in the town of Stonehaven Wednesday morning saw "homes and businesses affected" by the weather, he testified on Twitter. “But it would have been a lot worse without the quick work of residents and emergency services. Fortunately, the water is receding quickly, ”he added on the social network.
Last week, a spike in cases of the new coronavirus was identified in Aberdeen, the main city in the area, causing a tightening of containment measures in force with the closure of pubs and restaurants and restrictions on travel.
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