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August 21, 2020

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RAIB to investigate Carmont train derailment

The Rail Accident Investigation Branch (RAIB) has said it will investigate the fatal accident that occurred near Carmont on the national rail network in Scotland on 12 August 2020.

Carmont train derailmentAll six vehicles of a passenger train derailed after striking a landslip just over a mile north-east of Carmont in Aberdeenshire. There were nine people on the train at the time of the accident; three train crew (the driver, conductor and a second conductor travelling as a passenger) and six passengers.

The driver of the train, the train’s conductor and one passenger suffered fatal injuries as a result of the incident. The remaining passengers and member of train crew were taken to hospital.

RAIB have said that scope of the investigation is likely to include:

  • The sequence of events and the actions of those involved;
  • The operating procedures applied;
  • The management of earthworks and drainage in this area, including recent inspections and risk assessments;
  • The general management of earthworks and drainage and associated procedures designed to manage the risk of extreme weather events;
  • The behaviour of the train during, and following the derailment;
  • The consequences of the derailment and a review of the damage caused to the rolling stock
  • Underlying management factors;
  • Actions taken in response to previous safety recommendations.

The findings, including any recommendations to improve safety, will be published at the conclusion of the investigation.

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