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Man killed by train that was driven by former partner

A Train runs along the West Highland Railway line between Fort William and Mallaig Photo: Richard Holt/Press Association Images

A man has died after being struck by a train that was driven by his former partner.

Gary Wells, 36, was hit by the train near Fort William station on Tuesday morning. Emergency services were called to the incident but he died at the scene.

Diane MacDonald, who reportedly separated from Mr Wells recently, was driving the ScotRail train between Mallaig and Queen Street, Glasgow.

The West Highland Railway is one of Britain's most scenic routes Credit: Neil Squires/Press Association Images

An article from 2009 on ScotRail's website said that Miss MacDonald, then aged 24, was the youngest qualified driver to work for the firm and the first female driver on the West Highland route.

British Transport Police said the death is not currently being treated as suspicious.

We were called to a rail crossing in Inverlochy, Fort William, shortly before 8am on Tuesday August 19 to a report that a man had been struck by a train.

Colleagues from Police Scotland and Scottish Ambulance Service also attended, but a 36-year-old man from the Fort William area was pronounced dead at the scene.

His death is currently not being treated as suspicious.

The man's family have been informed. A report will be sent to the procurator fiscal.

– British Transport Police spokesman

A statement issued by her employer on behalf of Miss MacDonald said:

The circumstances are extremely upsetting for everyone involved.

We would ask the media to please respect our privacy while we come to terms with what has happened.

– Diane MacDonald's employer