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Two Scotrail trains hit landslips following heavy rain

Train hits landslip near Loch Awe
Image caption The Oban to Glasgow Queen Street service hit a landslip near Loch Awe

Two Scotrail trains have hit landslips, causing one to derail in Fife.

The front carriage of the Rosyth to Dunfermline service derailed at the back of Pitreavie Industrial Estate, after it struck a landslip at about 16:00.

There were 30 passengers on board and two crew but no-one was injured in the incident.

The derailment comes after another Scotrail train hit a landslip between Oban and Crianlarich, near Loch Awe.

The 12:56 Oban to Glasgow Queen Street service hit the landslip at about 13:30, although it was travelling at a slow speed and did not derail.

There were 66 passengers and three crew on board but there were no reports of any injuries.

'Heavy rainfall'

A ScotRail spokeswoman said: "Passengers were transferred into the rear two coaches, which returned to Oban. We have arranged onward transport so that people can continue their journeys."

And Network Rail said: "Engineers are on site at both locations and will work to restore services for passengers as quickly as possible.

"Sustained and heavy rainfall can change local ground conditions very quickly causing the types of incident we have experienced today."

Flooding reports

Meanwhile, sandbags were distributed by councils in central Scotland after flood alerts.

And Fife Council also said it had responded to reports of flooding, mainly in the West of Fife area covering Dunfermline, Rosyth and Limekilns.

However, BBC Scotland's weather service said the rain was expected to dissipate overnight into Thursday.

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