Nicola Sturgeon says there are reports of serious injuries

A major incident has been declared after a train derailed in the north-east of Scotland, with reports suggesting that it has caused serious injuries.
Emergency services as well as fire crews and the police responded to the derailment, which occurred on the line west of Stonehaven, Aberdeenshire, on Wednesday morning.
Pictures posted from the area show at least six ambulance vehicles, an air ambulance and a number of police response cars on hand and smoke billowing behind them in the background.
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Nicola Sturgeon, the first minister of Scotland, said that it was an “extremely serious incident” and confirmed that there had been early reports of “serious injuries”.
Network Rail said it was investigating and it is not clear if there are any injuries at this point.
A British Transport Police spokesperson said: Officers are currently responding to an incident on the line in Stonehaven.
We were called at 9.43am, and are on scene alongside paramedics and the fire brigade.
Local MP Andrew Bowie said he had spoken to the transport secretary Grant Shapps about the derailment.
Mr Bowie, the Tory MP for West Aberdeenshire and Kincardine, tweeted: “Thoughts with every single person involved.”
“Will update more when I can,” he added.
Mick Lynch, the assistant general secretary of the Rail, Maritime and Transport (RMT) union, said: “RMT is aware of the major incident at Stonehaven and our reps are liaising directly at senior level with both Scotrail and Network Rail.
“Our priority at this time is to support our members, their colleagues and their families and to do all that we can to assist the rescue operation which RMT members are currently involved in.
“The facts behind this incident will need to be established in due course but at this stage we are focused on support and assistance and our thoughts are with all those impacted by this tragedy.”
The incident follows a night of flooding in the area.
Early on Wednesday morning, rain operator ScotRail tweeted that services in Scotland would be affected because of “extremely heavy rain flooding”.
A video posted on Facebook at 7.30am on Wednesday showed heavy flooding in Stonehaven.
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