A man died instantly when he leapt in front of a train that was being driven by his ex-girlfriend.
36 year-old Gary Wells, who had three children, had recently split from his train-driver girlfriend, 29 year-old Diane MacDonald. Mr Wells was hit near Fort William by the Mallaig to Glasgow service just before 8am yesterday. Paramedics attended the accident, but Mr Wells could not be saved and was pronounced dead at the scene.
Whether Mr Wells chose that train because his ex-girlfriend was operating it, or whether it was a tragic coincidence is not known and perhaps never will be.
Ms MacDonald’s employers, First ScotRail, issued a statement on her behalf, saying: “The circumstances are extremely upsetting for everyone.”
Mr Wells’s family are reported to be too upset to make a statement, but Gary, a colleague at the engineering yard where Mr Wells was employed, said: “He was an absolutely top bloke.”
British Transport Police issued a statement about Mr Wells: “His death is currently not being treated as suspicious. A report will be sent to the Procurator Fiscal.”