Investigators Probe Deadly Scottish Train Crash

 

Investigators were seeking answers Thursday over why a train derailed in northeast Scotland, killing the driver, conductor and a passenger.

The 06:38 am passenger service from Aberdeen to Glasgow came off the tracks on Wednesday morning near the town of Stonehaven, which had been hit by flooding following heavy rain.

Six people were hospitalised with minor injuries and police said the train had fortunately not been busy, with media reports saying just 12 people were on board.

Aberdeen is subject to tighter coronavirus restrictions than the rest of Scotland due to a localised outbreak of COVID-19, with people advised not to travel to the city.

Government ministers were due to visit the site on Thursday and investigators are already picking through the debris, including the ashes of a fire that left four firefighters with minor injuries.

A landslip had been reported close to where the train derailed at 09:43 am (0843 GMT), and Prime Minister Boris Johnson was among those to suggest the weather might have played a part.

“It’s probably a very good idea to look at the effect of substantial rainfall on all our vulnerable infrastructure everywhere,” he told Sky News on Wednesday.

“And as I understand there was about a month’s worth of rainfall in a very short period which undoubtedly aggravated the problem there.”

However, he said it was up to investigators to determine what caused Britain’s first major derailment for 13 years and vowed to “make sure nothing like this happens again”.

Queen Elizabeth II, who is staying in her Scottish home of Balmoral around 50 miles away from Stonehaven, sent her condolences.

Scotland’s Transport Secretary Michael Matheson said he would meet members of the emergency services in Stonehaven, saying they had faced “significant challenges” at the site.

He told BBC Radio Scotland that changing weather patterns posed difficulties across the railways.

“The rail networks are experiencing increasing challenges across different parts of the routes, not just here in Scotland but across the UK, due to what is an increasing number of very intense localised weather events that have a significant impact on the infrastructure,” he said.

Britain’s last major rail derailment was in 2007 in Cumbria, in northwest England, which left one passenger dead and 30 others injured.

 

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Rangers Star Defoe In Stable Condition After Car Crash

England and Rangers footballer Jermain Defoe poses with his medal after he was appointed Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) at an investiture ceremony at Buckingham Palace, London on November 16, 2018, for services to the Jermain Defoe Foundation. Jonathan Brady / POOL / AFP

 

Rangers striker Jermain Defoe said he was “fine” after a car crash following Saturday’s 5-0 win against Aberdeen.

Defoe’s car was in a collision near the Clyde Tunnel in Glasgow but the former Tottenham and England star was not hurt.

The 36-year-old posted a clip on social media after the smash on Balshagray Avenue at around 1700 GMT.

Defoe had scored in his Scottish Premiership club’s victory over Aberdeen at Ibrox just hours earlier.

Defoe thanked fans for their messages on Instagram, adding: “I’m fine, I’m all good, I’m just going to go home and rest up.

“Still a bit in shock but I’m all good. Thank you for all your messages again.”

Rangers said on Twitter: “RangersFC can confirm there was a collision involving striker @IAmJermainDefoe and we are happy and relieved to say that no one was seriously injured.”

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Celtic Win Eighth Straight Scottish Title

Celtic WIn Eighth Straight Scottish Title

 

Celtic secured an eighth successive Scottish Premiership title on Saturday with a 3-0 win at Aberdeen that put them two-thirds of the way towards an unprecedented third consecutive domestic treble.

Saturday’s title triumph came the day after former Celtic captain and manager Billy McNeill’s funeral in Glasgow, and both he and fellow Lisbon Lion Stevie Chalmers, who also died recently, were hailed with a minute’s applause before the match.

“Things just felt right this week, we kept calm with all the emotions with Billy funeral,” said Celtic’s interim manager Neil Lennon.

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The former Hoops midfielder returned for a second spell as boss this season following Brendan Rodgers’ shock decision to quit and join English Premier League side Leicester.

“It’s been really tough, toughest piece of management I’ve had to do, as it has been difficult coming in to the club but the players helped me and I like to think I’ve helped them. It’s been really special,” added Lennon.

Celtic, who only needed only to avoid defeat at Pittodrie to be sure of retaining their crown, survived scares when Aberdeen’s James Wilson twice hit the woodwork with the match was still scoreless.

But the away side took the lead five minutes before half-time when Mikael Lustig headed in a cross from Callum McGregor, and Jozo Simunovic doubled their lead with header from McGregor’s corner six minutes after the break.

French striker Odsonne Edouard played in by Tom Rogic, completed the scoring two minutes from time with his 21st goal of the season.

The victory gave Celtic an unassailable 12-point lead over second-placed Rangers, their arch Glasgow rivals.

And with the Scottish League Cup already won, Celtic — still unbeaten under interim manager Neil Lennon — now just need to beat Hearts in the Scottish Cup final later this month to complete the historic ‘treble treble’.

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Celtic Crush Title Rivals Aberdeen

Mikael Lustig’s deflected shot opened the scoring at Celtic Park

Celtic crushed title rivals Aberdeen 3-0 to move eight points clear at the top of the Scottish Premiership on Saturday.

Mikael Lustig’s deflected shot gave Celtic a 40th-minute lead before Jonny Hayes came back to haunt his former club as he added a second in the 69th minute at Parkhead.

Olivier Ntcham then took advantage of a mistake to seal victory with 15 minutes remaining.

“I thought it was a very convincing win,” said Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers.

“The first half was a battle, which we expected, but I thought in the second half they were outstanding.”

Despite having already dropped more points than in the whole of last season, the champions could still have a double-digit lead at the top going into the winter break with games against Dundee and Rangers next week.

Hayes had been handed a rare start, but it was the man he swapped places with at Celtic, Gary Mackay-Steven, who made the first impression in the match.

The former Hoops winger, fresh from his hat-trick against Hibernian, robbed Dedryck Boyata of possession just outside the box before sending a low angled shot inches wide of the far post.

The incident seemed to spark the Celtic players into action and moments later Stuart Armstrong sent Scott Sinclair clean through on goal, but his effort was blocked by the legs of the outrushing Joe Lewis.

Aberdeen then had chances through Greg Stewart and Kenny McLean, but just as it looked like the Dons might strike first, a fortuitous deflection gifted Celtic the opener.

Hayes teed up Lustig just outside the box and the Swedish defender’s shot came off the back of Dominic Ball on its way into the net, leaving Dons keeper Lewis with no chance.

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It left Aberdeen with an uphill struggle in the second half and Celtic immediately pressed for a killer second with Moussa Dembele, Ntcham and Tierney coming close.

Despite their hosts’ dominance, Aberdeen held firm until another moment of bad luck allowed Celtic a second.

Mark Reynolds’s diving header came back off team-mate Kari Arnason and Hayes pounced to knock the loose ball home from a couple of yards out.

Aberdeen midfielder McLean then handed the Hoops a third as Celtic sealed a 25th league win in a row against Aberdeen in Glasgow.

His slack back-pass to Lewis was intercepted by Ntcham, who rounded the goalkeeper before slotting home into an empty net.

“I didn’t think there was a lot in the game and they got a huge slice of luck,” said Aberdeen manager Derek McInnes.

“I thought we were the better team first half, but we’ve had three assists for them.”

Rangers slipped 11 points behind Celtic after they lost their second game in a row as Kilmarnock came from behind to claim a 2-1 victory at Rugby Park.

In Graeme Murty’s first match in charge of Rangers since being appointed manager until the end of the season, the Ibrox club took a first-half lead through Declan John.

However, two goals in two minutes from former Gers striker Kris Boyd helped Killie to a third successive home victory for the first time since 2008.

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UK Set To Launch More Drone Strike In Syria

drone strikeThe UK is planning to launch more drone strikes in Syria if they discover a threat in Britain.

According to the Defence Secretary, Michael Fallon, the drone which killed two British ISIS Jihadists was a “legal act of self defence”.

one of them had been planning attacks at major events in the UK.

Meanwhile, MPs rejected UK military action in Syria two years ago and Ministers are now facing questions over the attack.

The strike was the first targeted UK drone attack on a British citizen.

Ruhul Amin, 26, was also killed and later identified as a British national from Aberdeen.

Mr Fallon said  “There are other terrorists involved in other plots that may come to fruition over the next few weeks and months, we wouldn’t hesitate to take similar actions again”.