Two trams have collided in Melbourne’s CBD, sending passengers flying and leaving a small amount with non-serious injuries.
The collision occurred at 2:40pm on Bourke St, near the Spencer St/Southern Cross Station tram stop, between two E-Class trams; one travelling on Route 86 towards Docklands, and one travelling on Route 96 towards St Kilda Beach.
Passengers on-board the affected tram have described how commuters “went flying” when the crash occurred. Paramedics attending the incident assessed 15 people for injuries, with four people transported to hospital in stable condition, including a pre-school aged child.
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Yarra Trams officials expect the delays to Bourke St trams to continue well into peak hour, with both 86 and 96 trams diverting via La Trobe St in both directions. Shuttle trams are operating on Bourke St from Queen St through to Melbourne Museum.
Victoria Police have also closed Bourke St to traffic between King and Spencer St.
UPDATE 4:34pm – Yarra Trams has now confirmed both the 86 and 96 routes have recommenced as-normal, but is warning of further disruptions as the regular timetable is restored.
Route 86/96 trams have now resumed along their normal lines following the earlier disruption. Delays may occur as we restore the timetable.
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