PASSENGERS on board a train at Stonehaven between Dundee and Aberdeen have been injured in a derailment. Smoke has been billowing into the air from the crash site.
There are several unconfirmed reports in circulation, but one source is suggesting that the train, an HST, collided with a landslip and then plunged down an embankment. If this is true, it would be the first accident of this kind affecting a British passenger train since 2007.
The incident happened at about 09.40 today, and occurred as heavy rain swept across Scotland, causing widespread disruption to train services elsewhere.
There has been a major response from emergency services, with many ambulances, including an air ambulance, at the scene.
The train involved seems likely to have been the 09.35 ScotRail service from Stonehaven to Aberdeen, which had started from Edinburgh, but this is also not yet confirmed.
National Rail Enquiries is reporting that all services have been cancelled between Dundee and Aberdeen.