NE Scotland, Orkney & Shetland

Chaos as Aberdeen freight train derails

Train services in the north-east of Scotland were severely disrupted after a freight train came off the line.

The accident took place two miles south of Aberdeen at about 16:50. The train was crossing from a freight route to the main line when it derailed.

Network Rail has apologised for the the disruption but warned that problems are likely to continue on Thursday morning.

The Rail Accident Investigation Branch has been informed and is to investigate the incident.

A spokesman for Transport Scotland said: "At present there are no reports of injuries and, as the wagons were empty, no threat of environmental impact is expected as a result of this derailment.

"It is however likely to result in disruption for rail travellers coming to and from Aberdeen whilst the freight train wagons are removed from the line.

"Members of the public are urged to check ScotRail's website for the latest information on disruption before travelling."

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