In­quiry into tram hor­ror

Weekend Gold Coast Bulletin - - NEWS - AN­DREW POTTS an­drew.potts@news.com.au

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.

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