Rail conductor who died in Stonehaven train crash named as ‘absolute gem’

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Emotional tributes have poured in for train conductor Donald Dinnie who tragically died in the Stonehaven rail crash yesterday.

Described as an "absolute gem", the much-loved ScotRail conductor was among the three killed in the horrific accident.

Friends and family have been left in shock after the death of Dinnie, reports Daily Record.

The conductor was killed alongside the train's driver, Brett McCullough, and one other victim yesterday morning, leaving the nation shocked.

The 6.38am Aberdeen to Glasgow Queen Street ScotRail service crashed after heavy rain caused a landslip on the track.

Emergency services were called to the scene at Stonehaven at about 9.40am on Wednesday.

As well as the three people killed, six others were taken to hospital.

Tragically, Donald died alongside ScotRail train driver Brett McCullough in the accident.

A grief-stricken cousin of Donald announced on Facebook on Wednesday night that her relative had been one of the victims.

Linda Spark said: "So sad that one of our relatives Donald Dinnie was a victim of the train accident in Aberdeen. Why is it always the good ones?"

Heartbroken friends and family joined in the tributes to the Banchory dad, who was described as a "great guy" who always had a "smile on his face". Marie Ewan said: "Can’t believe I’m writing this, RIP Don you will never be forgotten.

"Jenna and William are going to be looking for the brightest star in sky and they will know it’s you. Keep the smile on your face like always. RIP Donald Dinnie."

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Linda Patrick said: "An absolute gem of a guy he will be sadly missed by lots if people."

Anne Pilkington added: "Such a lovely guy. I had a bad vibe all day when I heard about the crash. Couldn't stop thinking of Donald then saw this!"

Neil Duncan said: "Absolutely shocked to learn Donald is not with us any more. He was a great guy, always up for a laugh. Thinking of his family at this time."

Donna Mckessick said: “I worked on the tea trolleys for years at the railway. He was lovely. So tragic for all involved especially the families of those who lost loved ones today.”

Jenna Currie said: “Sad day! Even worse when you know the person involved. RIP to all 3 victims.”

Sonia Burr said: “Tragic and so sad, my thoughts to all his family, friends and colleagues.”

Harper ML said: “RIP Donald. Actually spoken to this guy on many trips to and from Aberdeen to Stoney and he was a lovely man who would talk and laugh with you on the early trains. Thoughts and prayers to his family and friends.”

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Michelle Wildgoose said: “Thoughts with all the families friends and colleagues of those involved today. Recognise Donnie from my commute to Inverurie. Couldn’t have met a nicer man and always welcomed you with a smile. RIP”

Nicci Smith-Ross said: “A very nice man and former colleague of my partner.

"What a shame. Thoughts are with his family and friends.”

Mandy Allan said: “Omg he was such a nice guy. Condolences to his family.”

Stephanie Stuart said: “Rip Donald. Really nice man. Met him couple of times when I used to travel down to Glasgow. My thoughts are with his family and colleagues.”

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James Main said: “OMG I actually remember him from my days commuting, he was lovely! Always had time for a chat, this is so sad. RIP Donald.”

Earlier tonight, the train driver killed alongside Donald was named locally as Scots dad Brett McCullough.

At the family home at Drumlithie, on the outskirts of Stonehaven, his wife Stephanie confirmed Brett had died in the derailment but was too upset to comment about the tragedy.

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