Fatal train derailment ‘like Hornby set thrown in air’


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image captionThe derailment happened near Stonehaven on 12 August

The train derailment in Aberdeenshire which left three people dead resembled a “Hornby set thrown up in the air”, the Transport Secretary has said.

Driver Brett McCullough, 45, conductor Donald Dinnie, 58, and passenger Christopher Stuchbury, 62, died on 12 August.

The Aberdeen to Glasgow service hit rocks and gravel washed onto the line after heavy rain.

Transport Secretary Grant Shapps was speaking in the House of Commons.

He made the Hornby comparison when the tragedy was raised by Labour as it pressed about privatisation and UK suppliers in the rail industry.

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image captionBrett McCullough, Donald Dinnie and Chris Stuchbury died after the train left the tracks

Mr Shapps said on Thursday: “I went to the scene of the tragedy. I was taken over in a helicopter. It was like a Hornby train set thrown up in the air.

“Our thoughts and prayers are with, not just the three who died, but those who were injured and the emergency workers and the brave people who rescued them.

“The House will have noticed that I issued the Network Rail interim report on Stonehaven which comes to some very important interim conclusions and I’ll update the House further with the full report shortly.”

Work involving a 600-tonne lifting crane to remove the carriages has been ongoing.

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