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Stonehaven rail deaths remembered

WORKERS and their unions will gather today to remember the victims of the Stonehaven rail tragedy one year on.

Aslef said the Scotrail train derailment, which claimed three lives on August 12 last year and injured six others, would be remembered by workers with enormous sadness.

Driver Brett McCullough, 45, conductor Donald Dinnie, 58, and passenger Christopher Stuchbury, 62, died when the Aberdeen to Glasgow Queen Street train crashed into a landslide across the tracks near Stonehaven, Aberdeenshire, following heavy rain.

Aslef Scotland organiser Kevin Lindsay said: “We will never forget Brett and Donald, who were doing their jobs, and Christopher, who was going about his business, but 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.”

Rail union TSSA general secretary Manuel Cortes said the deaths “were felt across our railway family and our thoughts are with their families today.”

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