Statement on Stonehaven Incident
Commenting on this morning's incident at Stonehaven, Kevin Lindsay, ASLEF's organiser in Scotland, said:
'Our thoughts tonight are with all those who died, and who were injured, in the tragic accident at Stonehaven in Aberdeenshire. While it is too early to speculate about the causes of the crash, it would seem that the appalling weather conditions in the area – the torrential rain – resulted in a landslip which, in turn, caused the train to derail. The train, which was a service from Aberdeen to Glasgow Queen Street, rolled down a steep embankment, and caught fire.
'Despite the best efforts of the driver, and crew, and the subsequent efforts of the emergency services who attended, we understand that three people died and several more have been taken to hospital. Our thoughts tonight are with these men and women and their families.
'There will be an investigation into the causes of the crash, and we will learn those lessons, as we have in the past, because the railway is one of the safest modes of transport. The UK has some of the safest railways in the world, and Scotland is the safest part of the UK, but that does not, of course, diminish the impact of today’s crash on all those involved.'
Kevin added: 'I have been touched by the messages of condolence and support I have received from railwaymen and women, not just elsewhere in the UK, but right across the world. The railway family comes together at a time like this.'