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Stonehaven train crash victims remembered with minute’s silence at stations across Britain

RAILWAY stations around the UK held a one-minute silence today to remember the victims of last week’s Stonehaven train crash.

Driver Brett McCullough, 45, conductor Donald Dinnie, 58, and passenger Christopher Stuchbury, 62, died when the 6.38am Aberdeen to Glasgow Queen Street train crashed into a landslide across the tracks on Wednesday August 12.

Six other people were injured.

Stations fell silent at 9.43am on Wednesday, exactly one week after the derailment was reported.

A wreath was laid at Aberdeen station, while Scotland’s First Minister Nicola Sturgeon and Transport Secretary Michael Matheson attended the silence at Edinburgh Waverley.

London Waterloo stood still as passengers and Network Rail staff paid their respects from the capital.

A number of Welsh stations also joined the tribute as the Scottish Parliament marked the minute’s silence.

Ahead of the event, Ms Sturgeon tweeted: “I will join @ScotRail and others in Waverley Railway Station at 09.43 this morning, to remember those who lost their lives in the Stonehaven tragedy one week ago.

“We will remember Brett, Donald and Christopher and hold their loved ones in our thoughts.”

Investigators have said the train derailed and slid approximately 90m before hitting and destroying a barrier on the edge of a bridge, leading the front power car and one carriage to fall down an embankment.

ScotRail managing director Alex Hynes said: “Our hearts remain broken and will do for a long time.

“We hope that by coming together as a railway family, along with the local community and people across the country, we can support one another through this horrendous time.”

Fire crew members and Fire Brigades Union (FBU) officials laid three bouquets of flowers at Aberdeen station as a mark of respect to the victims.

Four firefighters were injured when they were struck by an apparently uncontrolled vehicle while responding to the incident.

Extreme weather is thought to have been a major factor in the smash, with a month’s worth of rain battering the area in just two hours.

The Glasgow-bound train left Aberdeen at 6.38am with 12 people onboard. But hours later it was trying to make its way back to the Granite City when the accident happened.

Our hearts remain broken and will do for a long time. We thank the railway family, along with the local community and people across the country, for joining with us to support one another.

I will join @ScotRail and others in Waverley Railway Station at 09.43 this morning, to remember those who lost their lives in the Stonehaven tragedy one week ago. We will remember Brett, Donald and Christopher and hold their loved ones in our thoughts. https://t.co/9MujpAo0y2

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