Van crashes into tram in ‘serious’ accident – emergency services surround scene

Van crashes into tram in ‘serious’ accident – emergency services surround scene

 

A serious crash between a tram and a van has taken place in Greater Manchester this morning.

The collision happened near Ashton West tram stop at around 7.30am and involved a Metrolink Tram and a white van.

Pictures from the scene show police, fire and ambulance crews in attendance and the white van has significant damage.

In a statement, Transport for Greater Manchester described the incident as a ‘serious collision’ but said the extent of the van driver’s injuries are not yet known.

It is not thought any passengers were hurt, the Manchester Evening News reports.

A spokesperson for Greater Manchester Police said: “Officers were called around 7.30am this morning to Lord Sheldon Way, Ashton-Under-Lyne to a report that a van had been involved in collision with a tram.

“Emergency services are in attendance.”

A spokesperson for Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service added: “At around 7.30 this morning, two fire engines from Ashton and Stalybridge and the Technical Response Unit from Ashton were called to a report of a road traffic collision involving a tram and a transit van near Ashton West Metrolink stop on Lord Sheldon Way, Ashton-under-Lyne.

“Firefighters arrived quickly at the scene and, together with colleagues from North West Ambulance Service, used specialist cutting equipment to rescue one man who was conveyed to hospital by NWAS.

“Crews were in attendance for around two hours.”

A TfGM spokesperson said: “Shortly after 07.30 this morning, Transport for Greater Manchester (TfGM) was made aware that a van had collided with a tram at Ashton West.

“Emergency services are in attendance along with engineers and customer service representatives from KeolisAmey Metrolink.

“The force of the collision has caused damage to an overhead line support pole.

“Work to repair the pole can only begin once emergency services have completed their work.

“As a result, services are unable to operate between Ashton-Under-Lyne and Ashton Moss and ticket acceptance is in place on the 216 bus service and Northen Rail services between Ashton and Victoria.

“It is expected that services between the stops will be disrupted throughout the day.

“The incident will be subject to an investigation.”

TfGM’s Head of Metrolink Danny Vaughan, added: “This is a serious collision and our current focus is supporting emergency services in responding to this incident.

“We do not believe any tram passengers were injured but the extent of any injuries to the van driver is unknown at this time.”

“The impact of the collision has caused damage to an overhead line pole, so it is likely to take some time to get services up and running.

“We’ll continue to keep passengers informed and I’d encourage people to check before they travel.”

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