14-year-boy in critical condition after becoming trapped under tram during Ride the Lights in Blackpool

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A 14-year-old boy is in a critical condition after becoming trapped under a tram during Ride the Lights in Blackpool last night (August 27).


The boy had been taking part in the annual Ride the Lights event when he came off his bicycle and became trapped under a tram outside the Queens Hotel in Promenade, South Shore at around 9.50pm.

Emergency services were mobilised and fire crews used specialist equipment to lift the tram up before they could rescue the boy.

The boy was then passed over to paramedics before being taken to Alder Hey Children's Hospital in Liverpool.

Watch Manager Stephen Cheetham said: "We were called out to reports of a boy being trapped under a tram in Promenade at 9.50pm last night.

"Two units from Blackpool and South Shore attended the scene and we used specialist tram equipment to jack the carriage up, to allow us to rescue the boy.

Fire crews helped rescue the boy from underneath the tram before he was taken to Alder Hey Children's Hospital with significant injuries. Pic - @MrLiamCronin

Fire crews helped rescue the boy from underneath the tram before he was taken to Alder Hey Children's Hospital with significant injuries. Pic - @MrLiamCronin

"He has suffered significant injuries and paramedics took him to Alder Hey Children's Hospital in Liverpool."

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North West Ambulance Service said the boy has suffered 'multiple major trauma injuries', including significant injuries to his legs.

A NWAS spokesman said: "We were called out at 9.46am last night to the Promenade in Blackpool.

A 14-year-old boy is in a critical condition in hospital after becoming trapped under a tram outside the Queens Hotel on the Promenade, Blackpool

A 14-year-old boy is in a critical condition in hospital after becoming trapped under a tram outside the Queens Hotel on the Promenade, Blackpool

"We deployed a number of resources, including an ambulance, two rapid response units and a senior clinician.

"The air ambulance was not deployed.

"One patient, a male in his mid-teens, was treated at the scene before being taken by ambulance to Alder Hey Children's Hospital.

"He has suffered multiple injuries, including significant leg injuries. He has been admitted to the major trauma ward in a critical condition.

"The boy was taken to hospital around 30 minutes after the first services arrived at the scene."

Police said the boy had been riding along the tramway that runs adjacent to the Promenade when he was involved in a collision with a Bombardier tram.

A police spokesman said: "We are appealing for information after a young cyclist suffered serious injuries in a collision in Blackpool.

"We were called at 9.46pm yesterday (August 27) to reports of the incident close to the Promenade.

"The 14-year-old boy was riding along the tramway that runs adjacent to the Promenade when he was involved in a collision with a Bombardier tram.

"The boy fell from his bike, suffering some significant injuries.

"He was taken by ambulance to Alder Hey hospital where he is receiving treatment for serious hip, pelvic and leg injuries.

"We are conducting a joint investigation with the Rail Accident Investigation branch."

Sergeant Steve Hardman added: "Our thoughts first and foremost, are with the teenage boy who is seriously injured in hospital.

"We are working to establish exactly what happened and would appeal for the public’s help.

"This happened on a particularly busy night for the resort, with thousands of cyclists taking part in the ‘Ride the Lights’ event.

"We also know that there were a lot of spectators in the area. If you took any videos of the event, which may capture the collision, or were taking part and wearing a head cam, please check your footage and get in touch if you can help."

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Blackpool Transport said the Bombardier tram had around 90 passengers on-board when the incident happened.

The transport authority said no passengers were injured, but two people were checked over by medics after falling down when the tram suddenly braked. The two passengers did not require medical treatment.

The tram has been inspected by engineers and declared safe. It is expected to be back in operation later today.

Blackpool Transport said it is conducting a major investigation, in partnership with the Rail Accident Investigation branch of Lancashire Police, to establish exactly how the incident occurred.

It said every tram is equipped with CCTV and relevant footage is being reviewed.

All tram services were suspended at 12.30am before resuming as normal this morning.