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Tram safety warning as teen taken to hospital

Blackpool Transport: Bob Mason

Blackpool Transport: Bob Mason

Transport bosses today stressed the importance of taking care around tram tracks after a teenager became trapped beneath a moving tram.

The 15-year-old boy was crossing the tracks by the Harrow Place tram stop when he collided with the tram which was travelling south bound, shortly before 11.30am on Saturday.

The youngster was freed by firefighters and was flown to Alder Hey Children’s Hospital, Liverpool, to be treated for a head injury.

A spokesman for North West Ambulance said: “We received a call at 11.26am and sent an ambulance, rapid response vehicle, helimed and two managers to a child stuck under a tram. The casualty was flown to Alder Hey with a head injury.”

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A spokesman for the Air Ambulance added: “The teenager was airlifted to hospital at 12.45pm.”

Firefighters said it took around 15 minutes to free the teenager, who was conscious and able to move, from under the tram. The design of the resort’s new trams mean there is a clearance underneath, between the front of the tram and its wheels - the teenager was underneath this part but clear of the wheels.

Bob Mason, director of delivery for Blackpool Transport, said: “These are modern trams that meet the highest safety standards and there is protection in front of the wheels to stop anyone from going underneath them.

“We are carrying out a full investigation, taking witness statements and reviewing CCTV footage.

“We can’t stress enough that pedestrians and cyclists need to be aware we’ve got trams operating up and down the Prom.”

 

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