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Argyll train derailment driver honoured

The crash site and Willie Dickson
Image caption Willie Dickson helped evacuate the crash site

A train driver has been honoured for his part in securing the safety of 60 passengers following a derailment in Argyll earlier this year.

Willie Dickson was at the controls when the Glasgow to Oban service hit two large rocks, near the Falls of Cruachan power station, by Loch Awe, on 6 June.

The 60-year-old applied the emergency brakes and helped evacuate the train from a 50-foot embankment over the A85.

He was given Frontline Employee of the Year at the Scottish Transport Awards.

Speaking after the ceremony in Glasgow, he said: "There has been a lot written about me, and I've never been one for the limelight.

"Even though it's great to receive this award, I would rather the incident had never happened."

'Team effort'

The ScotRail train driver, who is from Grangemouth, also paid tribute to his on board colleagues - conductor Angus MacColl, from Oban and hospitality host, Drew Hinde, from Glasgow.

"They were magnificent," he said. "It was a real team effort, and they did a brilliant job in difficult circumstances.

"My thanks also go to all the passengers who helped out as well, ensuring that everyone disembarked safely. Everyone looked out for each other."

An investigation into the cause of the accident is under way.

It is thought a landslide was responsible for the two rocks falling onto the track.

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