Published: 04/02/2008 00:00 - Updated: 24/11/2011 17:20

Culloden pupil killed by train

Roddy Stewart
Roddy Stewart

A SCHOOL rector has paid tribute to a pupil who was tragically killed by a train after celebrating his 17th birthday with friends. Roddy Stewart, a policeman's son, was heading home on Friday (Feb 1) when it is believed he became disorientated in a blizzard. It is thought he wandered onto the track by accident and died instantly after being struck by a maintenance train near Culloden Battlefield. On Monday, and on what would have been the fifth year pupil's 17th birthday, Culloden Academy rector Stephen Dowds, said the school was deeply saddened by his death. Mr Dowds said: "Our school is deeply saddened by the tragic death of a lovely young man, Roddy Stewart. A vibrant and energetic student, Roddy was well known and extremely popular with pupils and staff alike. We have taken time today, through assembly and meetings with pupils and staff, to reflect on how best to support his family and each other through this sad period. Many pupils have already visited the family and provided support which they have appreciated greatly. We have been working closely with Roddy's parents, who are strong supporters of the school, and in accordance with their wishes a service will be held here in the school later this week to celebrate his life. It will celebrate Roddy's life as a talented, creative, successful and much loved young man who will be deeply missed by all of us at Culloden Academy." As a mark of respect, the school has postponed S5/6 exams scheduled for tomorrow (Tuesday) and Wednesday, rescheduling them until after the scheduled exams restart on Tuesday, February 12. British Transport Police (BTP) said the crew of the train became aware of striking something at Culloden Railway Viaduct at about 3am on Saturday, Feb 2. Although the teenager's death is being treated as an accident, a report has been submitted to the procurator fiscal. BTP officers also want to establish Roddy's last known movements. It is believed he was last seen by friends at around 11.45pm on Friday. He was 5ft 9in tall, of slim build with short, dark hair. At the time of the incident he was wearing a black hooded jacket with "series" on the chest, a red fleece and a black pin-striped shirt. Anyone with information should contact 0141 335 3899. h.bushnell@highland-news.co.uk

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