Men who lost lives in fatal train crash remembered on third anniversary

The crash near Stonehaven in 2020 claimed three lives after a drainage system was incorrectly installed.

Men who lost lives in fatal Stonehaven train crash in 2020 remembered by ScotRail on third anniversary STV News

ScotRail has paid tribute to three men who died on the third anniversary of a tragic train derailment in Aberdeenshire.

Driver Brett McCullough, 45, conductor Donald Dinnie, 58, and passenger Christopher Stuchbury, 62, lost their lives in the 2020 Stonehaven crash.

Six others were left injured when the train derailed at Carmont on August 12.

The Aberdeen to Glasgow service hit washed-out debris while returning to Aberdeen due to the line being blocked.

On the third anniversary of the incident, ScotRail offered its “love and support” to the families of those who died.

ScotRail driver Brett McCullough, conductor Donald Dinnie and passenger Christopher Stuchbury. STV News

A spokesperson said: “Today is the third anniversary of the tragic accident at Carmont, when we lost our colleagues Brett McCullough and Donald Dinnie, and passenger Christopher Stuchbury. We send our love and support to their families, and everyone across the railway family affected by the tragedy.

“We will never forget.”

A report into the fatal derailment by the Rail Accident Investigation Branch (RAIB) made 20 recommendations in March 2022 for the improvement of railway safety – including the better management of construction activities by Network Rail and its contractors.

On Friday, the Rail, Maritime and Transport union (RMT) warned of an “increasing risk of another tragedy” due to inaction on safety recommendations made last year.

The union’s general secretary, Mick Lynch, said that it would pause to remember the tragic deaths of the three who were killed – including RMT member Mr Dinnie.

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