Cyclist airlifted after tram crash

Paramedics at the scene of the crash on Blackpool Promenade, close to the junction with Bairstow Street.
Paramedics at the scene of the crash on Blackpool Promenade, close to the junction with Bairstow Street.
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A cyclist has been left with head and spinal injuries after a collision with a tram on Blackpool Promenade.

The incident happened close to the junction with Bairstow Street and Foxhall Square tram stop at just after 5pm yesterday.

Paramedics at the scene of the crash on Blackpool Promenade, close to the junction with Bairstow Street.

Paramedics at the scene of the crash on Blackpool Promenade, close to the junction with Bairstow Street.

Paramedics and police were sent to the scene while the North West Air Ambulance was scrambled and landed on the beach.

The cyclist, reported to be a man in his early 20s, was airlifted to the specialist trauma centre at the Royal Preston Hospital where he is described as having head and spinal injuries.

Traffic was affected on part of the Prom while police and paramedics arrived on the scene.

Eyewitnesses described how passengers were led off the tram and it was cordoned off by officers in the aftermath of the incident.

One onlooker, a 44-year-old man from Preston, said: “I just saw the ambulances there. People were being taken off the tram I think.

“They brought the air ambulance in and it circled around three times before landing on the sands.”

An ambulance spokeswoman said: “We were called at 5.09pm and were at scene by 5.14pm. A man in his 20s suffered spinal trauma and head injuries.

“We sent a variety of resources – advanced paramedics, rapid response and land and air ambulance – and he was taken by air ambulance to the trauma centre at Preston Royal Hospital.”

The crash is now being investigated.

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