A man has died after being hit by a train a mile south of Stonehaven.
The incident happened at Stonehaven train station on Friday at about 12.20pm.
A ScotRail spokesman said: “There has been a person struck by a train
about a mile south of Stonehaven.”
All trains to and from the south of Aberdeen were delayed after the tragedy.
A British Transport Police (BTP) spokesman said: “Our officers were called to the line close to Stonehaven railway station at 12.15pm on Friday, 2 January, after a report that a person had been struck by a train.
“Colleagues from Police Scotland and Scottish Ambulance Service also attended, but a man was pronounced dead at the scene. We are working to identify the man and inform his family.
“The incident is not being treated as suspicious, but a report will be will be sent to the local Procurator Fiscal.”
A Network Rail spokesperson said: “A person was struck by a northbound train as it approached Stonehaven train station.
“The line was closed north of Montrose, no trains went going north from Montrose or south from Aberdeen.”
Stonehaven councillor Graeme Clark said the incident was a “horrible tragedy”.
He said: “My heart really goes out to anyone affected by this horrible tragedy.
“You know when someone gets hit by a train that they are really going to be hurt very badly or killed and it’s especially sad at this time of year.
“I feel for his family and friends that they have lost him like this.
“But I also feel for the train driver who must be in a nightmare of a situation.
“He will be affected by this for the rest of his life.”