Tributes paid to Bromley dad who died in Aberdeenshire rail crash

Tributes have been paid to the train driver from Bromley who tragically lost his life in a derailment in Aberdeenshire on Wednesday (August 12).

The family of train driver Brett McCullough who died in the tragedy have paid tribute to “the most decent and loving human being we have ever known”.

The 45-year-old was driving the 6.38am Scotrail train from Aberdeen to Glasgow Queen Street which came off the track to the south of Stonehaven on August 12.

Mr McCullough was originally from Bromley, and is remembered by his wife Stephanie and three children.

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In a statement, Mr McCullough’s family said: “Words cannot describe the utterly devastating effect of Brett’s death on his family and friends.

“We have lost a wonderful husband, father and son in the most awful of circumstances.

“Brett was the most decent and loving human being we have ever known and his passing leaves a huge void in all our lives.

“We would like to thank the emergency services for their heroic efforts in helping everyone affected by this tragedy and for all the messages of support and condolence we have received.

“We are an extremely private family and ask that we are allowed to grieve without intrusion and hope that members of the press will understand our need to be left in peace at this time.”

The other two people who lost their lives have been named as conductor Donald Dinnie, aged 58, and 62-year-old passenger Christopher Stuchbury also died in the derailment with an inquiry into the causes of the crash launched by the Rail Accident Investigation Branch.

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

Mr McCullough was originally from Bromley
Mr McCullough was originally from Bromley
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Following the incident, inspections are to be carried out across parts of the country’s rail network deemed at risk of flash flooding.

Network Rail will inspect trackside slopes as part of a Government-ordered review after a landslip during heavy rain and flooding is suspected to have played a part in the incident near Stonehaven.

Transport Secretary Grant Shapps ordered the rail infrastructure body to carry out an urgent resilience review of areas affected by recent poor weather, and issue a report this month.

The Cabinet minister, who travelled to Stonehaven on Thursday, has also requested a wider assessment of the impact of the weather on the entire rail network, resulting in an interim report by September 1 and a final analysis in the autumn.

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