Queen sends condolences after horror Stonehaven train crash which left 3 dead

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The Queen has sent a message of condolence following the rail crash in Stonehaven.

"It was with great sadness that I heard of the train derailment earlier today in Stonehaven, Aberdeenshire," Her Majesty said this evening.

"The Duke of Edinburgh, and the entire Royal Family, join me in sending our thoughts and prayers to the families of those who have died and those who have been injured."

Three people were killed in today's derailing, including the driver and conductor.

Police, fire crews, and ambulances were called to the tracks at around 9.45am on Wednesday morning to reports of a passenger derailment.

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At least 12 people were on board – six passengers and six staff – and rail industry sources suspect the cause of the accident is reported to be a landslip.

The cause has not been officially confirmed, but it follows reports of heavy rain and flooding in the area, which caused delays earlier on in the day.

Stonehaven is about an hour's drive from Balmoral Castle, the Royal Family's Scottish home.

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