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Profile: Berkshire crash train driver
Stanley Martin
Stanley Martin worked in the rail industry for just under 40 years
The train driver who died in Saturday's Berkshire rail tragedy has been named as 54 year-old Stanley Martin.

Mr Martin, from Torquay, was based at Exeter St David's station in Devon and had worked in the railway industry for almost 40 years.

He was described as "an extremely experienced and professional driver" by train drivers' union Aslef.

Seven people were killed after a First Great Western Train driven by Mr Martin hit a car parked on a level crossing.

Aslef's Acting General Secretary Keith Norman said that on-board data recording equipment made it clear that Mr Martin had done everything possible to avert the accident.

Mr Martin was a long-standing member of the union.

Stan will be sadly missed by everyone in the company and especially his colleagues in the south west
Alison Forster, managing director of First Great Western

Mr Norman added: "Our thoughts are with his family and colleagues at Exeter St David's.

"All train drivers will join with me in expressing our deepest sympathies with the families."

Mr Martin joined the railway industry in 1965 as an engine cleaner in Birmingham.

He became a driver in 1974, before moving to Plymouth in 1991 and Exeter five years later.

A measure of Mr Martin's experience was the fact that he also worked as a "companion driver", which meant he accompanied trainee drivers.

Alison Forster, managing director of First Great Western, said: "Stan will be sadly missed by everyone in the company and especially his colleagues in the south west.

"We know from the on-train data recorder that he acted absolutely correctly and did everything he could to avert this tragedy.

"All our thoughts are with his family and colleagues who have worked with Stan during his long service with the company."




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