Driver dead after Scotland train derailment as major incident declared

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The driver of a train which derailed in Stonehaven, Aberdeenshire, is believed to have died and there are fears of a second fatality, it has been reported.

Police, fire crews, and ambulances were called to the tracks at around 9.45am to reports of a passenger derailment.

It has now been reported that the driver of the train, said to be the 06.38 Aberdeen to Stonehaven, and was made up of a locomotive and four carriages.

At least 12 people were on board – six passengers and six staff- and rail industry sources suspect the cause of the accident is a landslip.

The cause has not been officially confirmed, but it follows reports of heavy rain and flooding in the area, which caused delays earlier on in the day.

In pictures posted online, smoke could be seen billowing over the trees in a woodland area close to the crash site.

At least 30 emergency vehicles positioned themselves on a nearby field, including an air ambulance.

The train, and three of its four carriages, are believed to have fallen down a nearby embankment, complicating recovery efforts.

Scotland's First Minister, Nicola Sturgeon, said all of her "thoughts are with those involved" and recognised that it is an "extremely serious incident".

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