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A minute of silence held to remember Stonehaven

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The rail network in Scotland fell silent for one minute to remember victims of the Stonehaven tragedy.

Where possible, trains stopped on Thursday, 12 August, at 09:43 – the time the crash was reported, one year ago to the day. Together, staff and passengers took time to mark the incident, which killed three men.

On the morning of 12 August 2020, the 06:38 inter-city Aberdeen to Glasgow Queen Street passenger train derailed on the double track mainline between Dundee and Aberdeen, after striking a landslip around a mile and a half north-east of Carmont in Aberdeenshire.

Those who lost their lives were train driver Brett McCullough, 45, conductor Donald Dinnie, 58, and passenger, Christopher Stuchbury, 62.

Six others, also on board the train, were injured.

Alex Hynes, Scotland’s Railway.

Scotland’s Railway managing director, Alex Hynes, said: “Everyone at Scotland’s Railway will always be broken-hearted about the terrible accident at Stonehaven.

“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.”

A memorial plaque was unveiled at Stonehaven station during a private ceremony which was attended by the families of those who died.

A full report into the crash is expected in the autumn.

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