Ir­ish­man tells of mass panic on­board tram close to scene

Irish Daily Mirror - - NEWS - BY RORY LYNSKEY

Sam Fearon, 21 AN Ir­ish­man has told of the “pan­de­mo­nium” while on a tram that was forced to stop near yes­ter­day’s ter­ror at­tack in Aus­tralia.

Sam Fearon, 21, from North Dublin and now liv­ing in Mel­bourne, said the city has united fol­low­ing the in­ci­dent that left one man dead and oth­ers in­jured.

He re­vealed pas­sen­gers were pet­ri­fied when they re­alised it was a ter­ror at­tack just a few hun­dred yards away.

Sam said: “I was on the num­ber 16 tram from St Kilda Road to CBD.

“We were com­ing down Swanston Street which is very near where the in­ci­dent took place, and the tram stopped re­ally sud­denly. And I was like, ‘What’s go­ing on here?’

“We could hear an un­usual siren in the dis­tance, I hadn’t a clue what the siren was for

“It was like noth­ing I’ve ever heard be­fore.

“Ap­par­ently, it was a ‘ter­ror­ism siren’ and it was the first time it’s been used in Mel­bourne.


“I didn’t have a clue what was go­ing on but peo­ple started shar­ing videos on their phones and gos­sip­ing and other pas­sen­gers started say­ing there had been some sort of at­tack.

“It was pretty scary and it was pan­de­mo­nium on the tram, ev­ery­one just wanted to get off re­ally quickly.

“We were even­tu­ally let off and peo­ple started grow­ing a lit­tle more con­fi­dent the in­ci­dent was un­der con­trol and started get­ting closer to the scene to see what was go­ing on.”

Sam added he took a photo of a man who had a bag con­fis­cated by po­lice and praised of­fi­cers for their ac­tions.

He said: “The real thing here is the whole spring car­ni­val with the Mel­bourne Cup was on in the city.

“This in­ci­dent is a big deal, peo­ple were very wor­ried, but we’re all fine.

“Now the whole thing is un­der con­trol, ev­ery­one is band­ing to­gether.”


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