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Man hurt in Inverness rail track collision

scene of Inverness rail accident
Image caption The rail worker was travelling in a tracked excavator when the collision occurred

A 63-year-old railway maintenance worker is being treated in hospital after his track vehicle collided with a stationary goods train in Inverness.

The accident happened near Beechwood on the outskirts of the city just before midnight on Tuesday.

The man was taken to Raigmore hospital, where his condition was described as stable.

Rail services between Inverness and Perth were disrupted after the incident.

The man was travelling in a tracked excavator, known as a Hydrex machine, when it collided with the train, which was carrying large steel pipes.

British Transport Police and the Rail Accident Investigation Branch have been at the scene trying to determine the cause of the crash.

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