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Prince Charles visits site of fatal derailment


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The Prince of Wales, known as the Duke of Rothesay while in Scotland, has visited the site of the fatal Aberdeenshire train crash.

Three people were killed on Wednesday when the 6.38 am Aberdeen to Glasgow Queen Street ScotRail train service derailed near Stonehaven amid heavy rain and landslips. Driver Brett McCullough, 45, conductor Donald Dinnie, 58, and passenger Christopher Stuchbury, 62, have been named as having lost their lives. They are all thought to be local to the area.

Six others were injured in the crash – four of which have since been released from Aberdeen Royal Infirmary. The other two are believed to be in stable condition.

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The Prince of Wales was there to meet the emergency responders and to thank those who were among the first on the scene, like the Scottish Ambulance Service and Police Scotland.

The Rail Accident Investigation Branch has launched a probe into the accident and investigators are currently at the scene. A separate investigation will be carried out by Police Scotland, British Transport Police and rail regulator the Office of Rail and Road. Network Rail will begin to inspect trackside slopes across the country as part of a Government-ordered review as it is suspected that a landslip during heavy rain and flooding played a part in the incident.