Inquiry into tram horror
LIGHT rail bosses have vowed to hold a full inquiry into how a 32-year-old Gold Coast man was run over by a tram early yesterday morning.
The man’s legs became trapped under the tram, which was heading south along Admiralty Drive and Gold Coast Highway just after 5am.
Witnesses have reported the man was lying on the tracks moments before impact.
Tram services were suspended for three hours in both directions.
Emergency services said the man suffered “critical” injuries to his legs and abdomen and was trapped beneath the vehicle for nearly an hour.
Queensland Fire and Rescue officers used an inflatable device to lift the tram and free the man.
Fire captain Matt Buxton said the man was tangled under the front bumper of the carriage, the only thing that saved him from more severe injuries.
A GoldLinQ spokesman said a thorough investigation would be held.
“Safety is our priority at all times,’’ he said.
“Our thoughts are with all those affected including the member of the public, our driver, passengers and their families.
“Emergency services responded quickly and were supported by G:link staff and we thank them for their efforts.”
The incident is believed to be the first of its kind since the trams began taking passengers more than four years ago.
Critical care paramedic Michael Kerr said the man was taken to the Gold Coast University Hospital in a serious but stable condition.