UK News Stonehaven train hit landslip and slid for 90m before striking bridge, investigation finds
Scotland: Investigators confirm derailed train hit landslide
LONDON (AP) — A passenger train hit a landslide before derailing in Scotland earlier this week, killing three people, U.K. rail investigators confirmed Friday. A train track obstruction had been suspected of playing a role in Wednesday’s derailment near the coastal town of Stonehaven, about 100 miles (160 kilometers) northeast of Edinburgh, because it happened after heavy rain and flooding in the area. “Thankfully, fatal derailments are a rare occurrence on the U.K.’s national network,″ Simon French, chief inspector of rail accidents, said.
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.
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.
Train driver and conductor dead and six injured in train derailment
The 6.38am Aberdeen to Glasgow Queen Street ScotRail service crashed on Wednesday morning amid heavy rain and flooding. BTP said those injured have been taken to hospital and are not thought to be seriously hurt, adding they believe all passengers have now been accounted for.Chief superintendent Eddie Wylie said: “This is a tragic incident and first and foremost our thoughts are with the families and friends of those who have very sadly died this morning.“We remain on scene alongside our emergency service colleagues and a major incident operation has been under way.
Driver, 45, conductor Donald Dinnie, 58, and passenger , 62, were killed, while the other six people on board were taken to hospital.
A statement from the RAIB said the ScotRail train had not been able not continue its journey south due to bad weather and so it was rerouted back to Aberdeen over a crossover at Carmont on to another line.
"After travelling for approximately 1.4 miles (2.25km), the train struck a landslip covering the down line and derailed," the statement said.
"As the track curved to the right, the train continued in a roughly straight line for around 100 yards (90 metres) until it struck a section of bridge parapet, which was destroyed."
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.
It said the front power car and the third passenger carriage continued over the bridge, then fell down a wooded embankment in the heavy rain.
The first passenger carriage landed on its roof and at right angles to the track, while the second passenger carriage overturned on to its roof and came to rest on the first carriage.
RAIB said the fourth passenger carriage remained upright and attached to the rear power car, but landed on the first carriage.
The investigation is still ongoing, and the RAIB said it is collecting evidence to help it identify "factors relevant to the cause of the accident and its consequences".
It said factors likely to be taken into account include the actions of the people involved, recent inspections of drainage and earthworks in the area, management of the risks of extreme weather, and actions taken in response to previous safety recommendations.
Flood-risked parts of rail network to be inspected after train derailment
Network Rail will inspect high-risk trackside slopes as part of a Government-ordered review after the incident near Stonehaven on Wednesday.Network Rail will inspect trackside slopes as part of a Government-ordered review after a landslip during heavy rain and flooding is suspected to have played a part in the incident near Stonehaven.
The RAIB did not give a timeframe for when it will publish its final report.
A Network Rail spokeswoman said the control centre was alerted to the derailment in the rural area, which has poor phone signal, less than 10 minutes after the incident happened.
She said reports that there were hours between the derailment and the control centre being alerted were "categorically untrue".
Prince Charles, known as the Duke of Rothesay in Scotland, met emergency responders on Friday who were called to the scene.
He spoke to PC Liam Mercer and PC Eilidh McCabe, who were the first officers on the scene, and commended them on their bravery.
Many of the workers, including members of the police, fire service, Coastguard and Network Rail, spoke of dealing with the incident and the sight of burning carriages.
Stations fall silent a week on from Stonehaven rail tragedy
Three people died when the Aberdeen to Glasgow train crashed into a landslide across the tracks on Wednesday August 12. Six other people were injured.Stations fell silent at 9.43am on Wednesday, exactly one week after the derailment was reported. © Provided by PA Media The scene near Stonehaven after the derailment of the ScotRail train (Ben Birchall/PA) A wreath was laid at Aberdeen station, while Scotland’s First Minister Nicola Sturgeon and Transport Secretary Michael Matheson attended the silence at Edinburgh Waverley station.
The three men who died are all believed to be local to the area.
Four out of the six passengers taken to hospital have since left the Aberdeen Royal Infirmary, while the other two remain in a stable condition.
Police Scotland, British Transport Police and rail regulator the Office of Rail and Road are carrying out an investigation separate to the RAIB inquiry.
Network Rail is inspecting trackside slopes across the country as part of a government-ordered review following the crash.
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