Firefighters pay tribute to victims of deadly train crash

Driver Brett McCullough, conductor Donald Dinnie and passenger Christopher Stuchbury died when a train derailed.

Firefighters pay tribute to victims of deadly train crash
Tribute: Firefighters laid flowers at Aberdeen railway station.

Firefighters have paid tribute to those killed in last week’s deadly train derailment.

Driver Brett McCullough, 45, conductor Donald Dinnie, 58, and passenger Christopher Stuchbury, 62, all died when a train crashed near Stonehaven last Wednesday morning after hitting a landslip.

Six others were also injured on board the 6.38am Aberdeen to Glasgow Queen Street service.

Crash: The train derailed near to Stonehaven last week.
Crash: The train derailed near to Stonehaven last week.

As emergency crews responded to the derailment, four firefighters were injured after being struck by an uncontrolled vehicle.

Two were treated by ambulance services at the scene, whilst the other two had to be taken to hospital for treatment to an ankle injury and laceration to the shoulder and head.

On Tuesday, firefighters and Fire Brigades Union (FBU) officials laid three bouquets of flowers at Aberdeen railway station in tribute to the victims.

Flowers: A minute's silence will take place on Wednesday.
Flowers: A minute’s silence will take place on Wednesday.

The FBU has also sent a letter of condolence and solidarity to the Scottish branches of the RMT and Aslef unions, and is calling on its members to join the minute’s silence at 9.43am on Wednesday in memory to those lost.

Denise Christie, FBU Scotland regional secretary, said: “What happened at Stonehaven was heartbreaking and we send our heartfelt condolences to the families, friends, and colleagues of those lost

Deaths: Brett McCullough, Donald Dinnie and Christopher Stuchbury,
Deaths: Brett McCullough, Donald Dinnie and Christopher Stuchbury,

“This was a tragic incident that never should have happened. We have laid flowers in memory of the victims and will join our comrades in Aslef and RMT observing a minute’s silence.

“No one should lose their life through their work. We have offered our support and assistance to those involved in this traumatic incident and will continue to support firefighters for as long as it takes.”