Calendar An icon of a desk calendar. Cancel An icon of a circle with a diagonal line across. Caret An icon of a block arrow pointing to the right. Email An icon of a paper envelope. Facebook An icon of the Facebook "f" mark. Google An icon of the Google "G" mark. Linked In An icon of the Linked In "in" mark. Logout An icon representing logout. Profile An icon that resembles human head and shoulders. Telephone An icon of a traditional telephone receiver. Tick An icon of a tick mark. Is Public An icon of a human eye and eyelashes. Is Not Public An icon of a human eye and eyelashes with a diagonal line through it. Pause Icon A two-lined pause icon for stopping interactions. Quote Mark A opening quote mark. Quote Mark A closing quote mark. Arrow An icon of an arrow. Folder An icon of a paper folder. Breaking An icon of an exclamation mark on a circular background. Camera An icon of a digital camera. Caret An icon of a caret arrow. Clock An icon of a clock face. Close An icon of the an X shape. Close Icon An icon used to represent where to interact to collapse or dismiss a component Comment An icon of a speech bubble. Comments An icon of a speech bubble, denoting user comments. Ellipsis An icon of 3 horizontal dots. Envelope An icon of a paper envelope. Facebook An icon of a facebook f logo. Camera An icon of a digital camera. Home An icon of a house. Instagram An icon of the Instagram logo. LinkedIn An icon of the LinkedIn logo. Magnifying Glass An icon of a magnifying glass. Search Icon A magnifying glass icon that is used to represent the function of searching. Menu An icon of 3 horizontal lines. Hamburger Menu Icon An icon used to represent a collapsed menu. Next An icon of an arrow pointing to the right. Notice An explanation mark centred inside a circle. Previous An icon of an arrow pointing to the left. Rating An icon of a star. Tag An icon of a tag. Twitter An icon of the Twitter logo. Video Camera An icon of a video camera shape. Speech Bubble Icon A icon displaying a speech bubble WhatsApp An icon of the WhatsApp logo. Information An icon of an information logo. Plus A mathematical 'plus' symbol. Duration An icon indicating Time. Success Tick An icon of a green tick. Success Tick Timeout An icon of a greyed out success tick. Loading Spinner An icon of a loading spinner.

The terrifying final minute on the 6:38: Government report outlines tragic chain of events that led to Stonehaven rail crash

Post Thumbnail

The passenger train involved in the north-east railway disaster hurtled along the ground at speed for 100 yards after derailing, before crashing into a bridge.

UK Government officials probing the Aberdeenshire derailment yesterday published an initial report outlining the tragic chain of events that led to the deaths of three men and left six other people needing hospital treatment.

The Rail Accident Investigation Branch (RAIB) is responsible for looking into the circumstances of rail crashes and similar incidents across the UK, in order to find their causes and make safety recommendations.

The organisation currently has members at the rural site of this week’s derailment near Carmont, just west of Stonehaven.

They are working to collect evidence and “identify factors relevant to the cause of the accident and its consequences” as part of a wide-scale investigation.

Yesterday the RAIB published an initial report on the crash, which took place after a period of sustained rainfall.

The ScotRail 6.38am Aberdeen to Glasgow Queen Street service departed on time from Aberdeen and then from Stonehaven.

It then continued past Carmont on the southbound line until it was stopped by a radio message.

The message said there had been a report from a train driver on the northbound line that a landslip was obstructing the line between Carmont and Laurencekirk.

The decision was then made to return to Aberdeen, and the train was routed back over a crossover at Carmont onto the northbound line.

But after travelling around 1.4 miles, the RAIB said the train “struck a landslip and derailed”.

The crash took place at around 9.40am and the driver Brett McCullogh, conductor Donald Dinnie and passenger Christopher Stuchbury all died at the scene.

The RAIB’s early report said: “As the track curved to the right, the train continued in a roughly straight line for around 100 yards until it struck a section of bridge parapet, which was then destroyed.

“The leading power car continued over the bridge and then fell from the railway down a wooded embankment, as did the third passenger carriage.

“The first passenger carriage came to rest on its roof, having rotated to be at right angles to the track. The second passenger carriage also overturned onto its roof, and came to rest on the first carriage.

“The fourth passenger carriage remained upright and attached to the rear power car – it also came to rest on the first carriage.

“All wheelsets of the rear power car derailed, but it remained upright.”

The RAIB has outlined the initial scope of the investigation.

Among its aims, it hopes to identify the full sequence of events and the actions of all those involved, and investigate the general management of earthworks and drainage, as well as the associated procedures designed to manage the risk of extreme weather events.

The RAIB investigation is independent of a separate investigation which is being conducted by the police, the Office for Road and Rail and the British Transport Police.

Already a subscriber? Sign in