Stonehaven train crash: New details confirm train hit landslip before derailing killing three passengers

Details were confirmed following an inquiry by the Rail Accident Investigation Branch

Three people died at the scene of the crash close to the town of Stonehaven, south of Aberdeen, on Wednesday which followed severe flooding across parts of the region overnight
Three people died at the scene of the crash close to the town of Stonehaven, south of Aberdeen, on Wednesday which followed severe flooding across parts of the region overnight

New details following an inquiry into the tragic Stonehaven rail accident have confirmed that the train hit a landslip before derailing which caused the deaths of three passengers.

Three people died on Wednesday when the 6:38am Aberdeen to Glasgow Queen Street ScotRail service crashed near Stonehaven during heavy rain.

The Rail Accident Investigation Branch (RAIB) has confirmed the train struck a landslip and derailed.

After coming off the tracks it continued travelling in roughly a straight line for around 90 metres 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.

Driver Brett McCullough, 45, conductor Donald Dinnie, 58, and passenger Christopher Stuchbury, 62, all lost their lives in the incident.

It is understood all of those who died were local to the area.

Six other people were injured in the crash - four have since left Aberdeen Royal Infirmary while two remain in a stable condition.

Police Scotland, British Transport Police and rail regulator the Office of Rail and Road are carrying out an investigation separate to the RAIB inquiry.

Network Rail is inspecting trackside slopes across the country as part of a Government-ordered review following the crash.