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Heartbroken families pay tribute to three men killed in Stonehaven rail tragedy

The heartbroken families of the three men killed in a Mearns rail tragedy have paid tribute to their loved ones.

Train driver Brett McCullough, conductor Donald Dinnie and passenger Christopher Stuchbury were killed in the derailment on the line at Carmont at about 9.45am on Wednesday.

Aerial images showing the derailed train near Stonehaven.
Emergency services at the scene in Stonehaven.

Six others were injured in the derailment, which led to a major incident being declared at Aberdeen Royal Infirmary.

Christopher Stuchbury.

The family of former Blairgowrie man Mr Stuchbury, 62, said: “Chris was a much adored husband, son, dad, stepdad, grandad, brother and uncle and was a treasured and loved friend to many, including the Targe Towing Team where he was an integral and valued member of staff.

“He also volunteered at Roxburghe House in Aberdeen during his spare time which he thoroughly enjoyed doing.

“We are devastated by his death and we request privacy at this difficult time as we come to terms with our loss.”

Donald Dinnie.

The family of Mr Dinnie, 58, wrote: “As a family we are devastated by the sudden and tragic loss of Donald, a loving and proud dad, son, partner, brother, uncle and friend.

“No words could ever describe how much he will be missed by us all and there will always be a missing piece in our hearts.

“It is so heartwarming to see how many people have fond memories of Donald and I am sure they have plenty of happy and funny stories to tell.

“He was a kind, caring and genuine person who was never found without a smile on his face. We know he will be deeply missed by all.

“Together we thank each and everyone of you for your kind words and condolences but we kindly ask at this time that we have the chance to grieve privately as a family.”

Brett McCullough.

Mr McCullough’s wife Stephanie said the 45-year-old train driver was “a much loved husband, father, son and uncle who will be sorely missed by all”.

Police Scotland, the British Transport Police (BTP) and the Office of Rail and Road (ORR) are working together on a major investigation into the tragedy.

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