Emergency Services are currently dealing with a train derailment near Stonehaven in Aberdeenshire. The derailment on a sweeping curve, four miles from the station, was first reported at 9.43am. It is understood that the train involved was the 1T08 0638 Aberdeen to Glasgow Queen Street. A major incident has been declared.
Three people are reported to have died. There were six passengers on board, along with three crew members.
More than 20 emergency vehicles are in attendance, along with air ambulance and coastguard helicopter. Emergency vehicles are parked up in a field, a short distance from the incident. Specialist urban rescue teams are on the scene. Serious injuries are being reported.
Sources have told the Press Association that the derailment was due to a landslip, and that part of the train has gone down a steep embankment.
Railway enthusiast Philip Haig, former deputy editor of Railway Magazine said: "It stopped south of Carmont having seen a landslip. It was returning north, initially on the southbound line, then on the northbound having crossed at Carmont. It then hit a second landslip and derailed as it was returning to Stonehaven."
British Transport Police said: "We're currently responding to an incident on the line in Stonehaven, Aberdeenshire, where a train has derailed.
"Officers were called to the scene at 9.43am and remain there alongside paramedics and the fire brigade."
Nicola Sturgeon, First Minister of Scotland said: "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."
A spokesperson from Network Rail said: "We are working alongside the emergency services to respond to an incident involving a train near Stonehaven. It is too early to confirm the exact nature and severity of the incident and more details will be made available once known."
Grant Shapps MP said: "I've just met urgently with Network Rail for a briefing on the Stonehaven derailment. British Transport Police & Network Rail are on location, along with rail workers who were nearby. The UK Government will provide every support. My thoughts are with those involved and their families."
UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson said: "I am saddened to learn of the very serious incident in Aberdeenshire and my thoughts are with all of those affected. My thanks to the emergency services at the scene."