ScotRail remembers Stonehaven victims by standing still

Scotland’s Railway fell silent and trains stopped running for one minute to remember the victims of the Stonehaven derailment exactly one year on from the tragedy on 12 August 2020. A landslip caused the train to derail, killing two train crew and one passenger.

The silence across the rail network in Scotland was held at 0943, the time the accident was first reported. All stations and trains came to a one-minute standstill to commemorate train driver Brett McCullough, conductor Donald Dinnie, and passenger Christopher Stuchbury who died in the accident. As well as the six others on board that were injured.

Travellers were made aware of the silence through messages on station boards around the country and onboard announcements. A small memorial service at Stonehaven station, the closest station to where the accident happened, is also held. At the request of all of the families involved, this will be a private commemoration at which the Railway Chaplain will say a few words and wreaths will be laid.

Landslip after heavy rain

On the morning of 12 August 2020, the 0638 Inter7City Aberdeen to Glasgow Queen Street passenger train derailed on the double track mainline which runs between Dundee and Aberdeen, after striking a landslip around a mile and a half north-east of Carmont in Aberdeenshire. In total, there were nine people on the train, three train crew and six passengers.

The ScotRail passenger train hit a landslip, near Carmont, west of Stonehaven in Aberdeenshire, Scotland, following severe rain. AFfter derailing, it also hit a bridge parapet, which was destroyed. The leading power car continued over the bridge and then fell from the railway down a wooded embankment, as did the third passenger carriage. The first passenger carriage came to rest on its roof. The second passenger carriage also overturned onto its roof and came to rest on the first carriage.

National tragedy

“Everyone at Scotland’s Railway will always be broken-hearted about the terrible accident at Stonehaven”, says Alex Hynes, Scotland’s Railway Managing Director. “Today, exactly a year on, we pay tribute to Brett, Donald and Christopher, who lost their lives, and also, of course, we remember those who were injured.

“We come together as Scotland’s Railway family and we send our love and support to everyone, particularly the loved ones of the deceased, who have been affected by the tragedy. We will never forget.”

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Author: Esther Geerts


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