Apassenger train derailed Wednesday after stormy weather in northeast Scotland, killing three people and injuring six others, authorities said. The driver of the train is thought to be among the dead but there is still to be formal identification, the British Transport Police Force said. Six people have been hospitalized but their injuries are not deemed serious.
Scottish Prime Minister Nicola Sturgeon described the derailment as a “significant” incident and said that she would convene a meeting for an emergency response. Transportation police have said officers have been called at 9:43 a.m. (0843GMT) to the railway line near Stonehaven, approximately 100 miles (160 kilometers) north-east of Edinburgh and south of Aberdeen.
The smoke from the crash could be seen billowing. Photographs showed several of the four-carriage train’s cars had left the tracks and tumbled down an embankment. Air ambulances and helicopters from the coast guard came and went as rescue operation unfolded.