German tourists airlifted to hospital after being hit by train in Scotland

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Two German tourists airlifted to hospital after being hit by a train in ScotlandThe men had been fishing at Rannoch Moor. Stock photo: Rex


Two German tourists were airlifted to hospital after being struck by a train near a Highland rail station in Scotland.

The father and son, aged 87 and 49, were hit by the train travelling from Mallaig to Glasgow on Tuesday night as they were making their way back to Rannoch rail station after a fishing trip.

One of the men suffered serious leg injuries, while the other had minor head injuries.

The younger man's injuries have been described as "life-threatening", while the older man has been released after being treated for cuts and bruises.

A spokesman for British Transport Police told the Scotsman: "At 6.40pm on Tuesday 14 August, we were called following reports of two people being struck by a train near to Rannoch rail station, Perthshire.

"Officers attended, alongside colleagues from Tayside Police and the air ambulance, and discovered two men had been struck by a train.

"Both men were airlifted to hospital. The 49-year-old man, from Germany, remains in a critical condition with injuries that are described as life-threatening.

"His 87-year-old father, also from Germany, was released from hospital this morning after being treated for minor cuts and bruises.

"It is believed that the men were making their way back to Rannoch rail station following a fishing trip. There do not appear to be any suspicious circumstances surrounding the incident."

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