Stonehaven interim report

19 April 2021

ASLEF has welcomed an interim report by the Rail Accident Investigation Branch into the crash at Stonehaven in Aberdeenshire on Wednesday 12 August 2020 which claimed the lives of three people – driver Brett McCullough, 45, conductor Donald Dinnie, 58, and passenger Christopher Stuchbury, 62 – and in which six other people were injured.

 

The RAIB exonerated the driver of the train and has found that the accident, which cast a long shadow across Britain's railway industry, was caused by 'debris washed onto the track near Carmont, Aberdeenshire, following heavy rainfall. The washout was caused by unusually heavy rain. The subsequent derailment resulted in the death of three people, injuries to the six other people in the train and catastrophic damage.'

 

Kevin Lindsay, ASLEF's organiser in Scotland, said: 'Blame for the accident has been laid firmly at the door of Network Rail for failing to maintain the area around the track. It was the landslip – the debris washed onto the track – which caused the train to derail, with the subsequent loss of life, injuries, and catastrophic consequences.

 

'We are urging Network Rail to examine every mile of track for which it is responsible, to ensure something like this can never happen again.'

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