Boy, 15, airlifted after tram horror

The North West Air Ambulance in action
The North West Air Ambulance in action
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A teenage boy was airlifted to hospital after he was left trapped under a tram.

The 15-year-old was crossing the tram tracks on New South Promenade, south of the Pleasure Beach, with friends when he was in collision with the 40-tonne Blackpool Transport vehicle.

The force of the collision pulled the youngster under the carriage and dragged him a short way, leaving him trapped.

Firefighters who rescued the child said the incident could have been much worse had it not been for the new vehicle’s modern design.

The youngster suffered cuts and bruises and was taken to hospital with possible abdominal injuries.

Crew manager David Dumigan, from South Shore Fire Station, said: “The tram was pulling into a platform and the boy was in collision with it and he was trapped underneath.”

Emergency crews were called to the scene, at 11.30am on Saturday, and it took firefighters around 15 minutes to release the teenager who was wedged underneath.