LONDON (AP) — Several people were injured after the Flying Scotsman, the historic steam locomotive, was involved in a low-speed collision with another historic train in the Scottish Highlands on Friday, authorities said.
The National Railway Museum said the “shunting incident” occurred at Aviemore station in the Cairngorms National Park. The station is home to a historic train line that takes visitors on steam train journeys across the north of Scotland.
The Scottish Fire and Rescue Service said emergency services were “alerted to reports of a collision” between two trains in Aviemore on Friday evening. Scottish Police said the accident occurred at a “low speed”.
Two people were taken to hospital as a precaution; their injuries were not believed to be serious. Three other people were treated at the scene and did not require hospitalization.
The Belmond and Strathspey Railway said the Flying Scotsman locomotive was coupled to stationary Royal Scotsman train carriages at the time of the collision.
Police said an investigation is underway.
The Flying Scotsman, which was restored last year as part of its centenary celebrations, was due to be traveling this weekend.
Officially given its famous name 100 years ago, the steam engine was a service that connected passengers from London to Edinburgh. It gained worldwide fame when it reached a speed of 100 mph (160 km/h) during a test run, becoming the first locomotive in the United Kingdom to achieve this speed.
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