Stonehaven Second Anniversary

2022-08-12 -

Stonehaven Second Anniversary

Today [Friday 12 August] we mark the second anniversary of the tragic accident at Stonehaven in Aberdeenshire in which three people lost their lives after a landslip onto the railway line caused a train to derail.

Kevin Lindsay, ASLEF’s organiser in Scotland, said: ‘It is with enormous sadness that we remember the event at Carmont on Wednesday 12 August 2020, which claimed the lives of three people – the driver, Brett McCullough, 45; the conductor, Donald Dinnie, 58; and a passenger, Christopher Stuchbury, 62 – and in which six other people were injured. It was an accident which cast a long shadow across the railway industry, not just here in Scotland, but throughout the United Kingdom.

‘We will never forget Brett and Donald, who were doing their jobs, and Christopher, who was going about his business, and we will redouble our efforts to ensure that the railway is made safe for passengers and staff so that accidents of this sort do not happen again.’

The 06.38 ScotRail service from Aberdeen to Glasgow Queen Street – an HST set with a leading power car, four coaches, and a rear power car – left on time with three train crew (Brett, Donald, and another conductor travelling as a passenger) and six passengers on board. The service would have been busier were it not for the coronavirus pandemic.

Mick Whelan, general secretary of ASLEF, the train drivers’ union, said: ‘It is right that we take a moment to remember the lives of Brett, Donald, and Christopher. But we will also reflect on what needs to be done to ensure that the infrastructure of Britain’s railways is not neglected, so that accidents of this sort do not happen again.’