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UK News UK engineers to examine slopes near tracks after derailment

19:25  13 august  2020
19:25  13 august  2020 Source:   msn.com

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Emergency services attend the scene of a derailed train in Stonehaven, Scotland, Wednesday Aug. 12, 2020. Police and paramedics were responding Wednesday to a train derailment in northeast Scotland, where smoke could be seen rising from the site. Officials said there were reports of serious injuries. The hilly area was hit by storms and flash flooding overnight. (Ross Johnston/Newsline-media via AP) © Provided by Associated Press Emergency services attend the scene of a derailed train in Stonehaven, Scotland, Wednesday Aug. 12, 2020. Police and paramedics were responding Wednesday to a train derailment in northeast Scotland, where smoke could be seen rising from the site. Officials said there were reports of serious injuries. The hilly area was hit by storms and flash flooding overnight. (Ross Johnston/Newsline-media via AP)

LONDON (AP) — Britain's railway operator says inspectors will be examining track-side slopes after a passenger train derailed following heavy rain and flooding in Scotland, killing three people.

Major incident declared over Scotland train derailment

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Network Rail said Thursday that engineers, contractors and surveyors in helicopters are being dispatched to assess sites similar to the stretch of track where the train derailed near Stonehaven, about 100 miles (160 kilometers) northeast of Edinburgh and south of Aberdeen.

Emergency services attend the scene of a derailed train in Stonehaven, Scotland, Wednesday Aug. 12, 2020. Police and paramedics were responding Wednesday to a train derailment in northeast Scotland, where smoke could be seen rising from the site. Officials said there were reports of serious injuries. The hilly area was hit by storms and flash flooding overnight. (Ross Johnston/Newsline-media via AP) © Provided by Associated Press Emergency services attend the scene of a derailed train in Stonehaven, Scotland, Wednesday Aug. 12, 2020. Police and paramedics were responding Wednesday to a train derailment in northeast Scotland, where smoke could be seen rising from the site. Officials said there were reports of serious injuries. The hilly area was hit by storms and flash flooding overnight. (Ross Johnston/Newsline-media via AP)

A landslide is suspected of playing a role in Wednesday's derailment. Images taken near the wreck showed several cars of the four-carriage train had left the tracks and one had tumbled down an embankment.

Network Rail was warned about potential problems four weeks before train derailment

  Network Rail was warned about potential problems four weeks before train derailment Network Rail was warned about not keeping up with extreme weather events four weeks before the deadly train derailment in Aberdeenshire. Three people have died and six others were taken to hospital after the service from Aberdeen to Glasgow Queen Street came off the tracks near Stonehaven on Wednesday.It is not yet clear why the train derailed, although rail industry sources told PA news agency that the suspected cause was a landslip.

Emergency services attend the scene of a derailed train in Stonehaven, Scotland, Wednesday Aug. 12, 2020. Police and paramedics were responding Wednesday to a train derailment in northeast Scotland, where smoke could be seen rising from the site. Officials said there were reports of serious injuries. The hilly area was hit by storms and flash flooding overnight. (Ross Johnston/Newsline-media via AP) © Provided by Associated Press Emergency services attend the scene of a derailed train in Stonehaven, Scotland, Wednesday Aug. 12, 2020. Police and paramedics were responding Wednesday to a train derailment in northeast Scotland, where smoke could be seen rising from the site. Officials said there were reports of serious injuries. The hilly area was hit by storms and flash flooding overnight. (Ross Johnston/Newsline-media via AP)

The train's driver, Brett McCullough, conductor Donald Dinnie and a passenger were killed.

Network Rail chief executive Andrew Haines said he understood that questions were being asked.

“It’s too early to draw conclusions, but it is critical that we investigate thoroughly and with care, and work closely with rail safety authorities to make sure this can’t happen again,” he said.

Stonehaven train hit landslip and slid for 90m before striking bridge, investigation finds .
The train that derailed near Stonehaven struck a landslip before coming off the track and sliding along the ground for 90 metres, an investigation has found. © Sky News Screen Grab Aerial shots showed one of the carriages on its side The Rail Accident Investigation Branch (RAIB) said Wednesday's 6.38am Aberdeen to Glasgow Queen Street service subsequently destroyed a barrier on the edge of a bridge, leading the front power car and a carriage to fall down an embankment between Carmont and Laurencekirk in Aberdeenshire.

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