A man charged after four firefighters were hit by a car while attending a train derailment will face no further legal action.

Train driver Brett McCullough, 45, conductor Donald Dinnie, 58, and passenger Christopher Stuchbury, 62, died when the Aberdeen to Glasgow Queen Street service crashed into a landslide near Carmont, west of Stonehaven, in Aberdeenshire, in August 2020.

Investigators said the train derailed and slid about 90 metres before hitting and destroying a barrier on the edge of a bridge, leading part of the train to fall down an embankment.

Four firefighters responding to the incident were injured after being struck by an apparently uncontrolled vehicle that had not been properly secured.

Two were treated by ambulance services at the scene and a further two were taken to hospital. None were believed to have been seriously injured.

A man was later charged, but the Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service (COPFS) has now decided to drop proceedings at this time.

The driver, conductor and a passenger died in the derailment

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A COPFS spokesperson said: “It is the duty of the Crown to keep cases under review. After full and careful consideration of the facts and circumstances of the case, the Procurator Fiscal decided that there should be no further proceedings taken at this time.

“The Crown reserves the right to proceed in the future.”

A Scottish Fire and Rescue Service spokesperson said: “We note the decision of the Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service.

“This was a challenging incident and our thoughts remain with all of those who were affected by this tragedy.”

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