Train conductor killed in crash ‘much loved and respected’

Donald Dinnie died alongside driver Brett McCullough, 45, and a passenger when a train crashed near Stonehaven on Wednesday.

Train conductor killed in crash ‘much loved and respected’
Tribute: Train conductor Donald Dinnie was described as an 'amazing person'.

A train conductor killed in a derailment has been described as an ‘amazing person who lit up every room with his cheery banter and stories’.

Donald Dinnie died alongside driver Brett McCullough, 45, and a passenger when a train crashed near Stonehaven on Wednesday morning amid heavy rain and flooding.

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

Transport union RMT paid tribute to Mr Dinnie, saying it will provide support to his family and colleagues at this “terrible time”.

Emergency: The train crashed on Wednesday morning.STV
Emergency: The train crashed on Wednesday morning.

Mick Lynch, senior assistant general secretary, said: “On behalf of the union I want to send condolences, support and solidarity to Donald Dinnie’s family, friends and colleagues.

“It is absolutely clear that he was much loved and highly respected by all who knew him and his death is a tragedy that has shocked our entire industry. 

“We share the grief of those who were close to Donald.”

Mr Dinnie’s branch in Aberdeen described him as an “amazing person”.

Mr Lynch said: “He lit up every room he walked into with his cheery banter and stories. 

“Many knew Donald for most of his railway career as a driver and a guard. He was very much a family man and a valued, active and proud member of the RMT. 

“His loss has cast a long shadow over his branch, his region and the whole national union.”

Driver: Brett McCullough also died in the crash.
Driver: Brett McCullough also died in the crash.

RMT also paid tribute to the train’s driver, Mr McCullough.

Mr Lynch added: “Our thoughts at this time are also with the driver, Brett McCullough, a member of our sister union Aslef, and the passenger who also lost their lives in yesterday’s incident.

“RMT will continue to provide whatever support we can to Donald’s family and colleagues at this terrible time. 

“We are united in both our grief and our determination to ensure that safety on our railways remains the absolute priority.”