We have often reported on cars getting stuck on Metrolink’s tracks after the driver has taken a wrong turn but never before has a car managed to drive onto a platform – until Tuesday 8th March that is. But this time it was not due to a confused driver taking a wrong turn but a Police chase which led the car to mount the platform at New Islington.
Reports in local media suggest that the Skoda car was stolen and was spotted by Police shortly before 1100 at which time they started a pursuit of the vehicle. In an attempt to escape the Police the car mounted the platform at New Islington but it would seem the driver soon realised a car driven at speed on a tram platform doesn’t mix and the Skoda soon fell from the edge of the platform nose first. There were three occupants of the car all of whom were arrested with two having to be taken to hospital for treatment.
Unsurprisingly the incident caused Metrolink services on the line to be temporarily suspended. The Altrincham to Etihad Campus and Rochdale Railway Station to Ashton-under-Lyne services were both terminated at Piccadilly Station whilst the car was recovered with a shuttle service also running between Clayton Hall and Ashton-under-Lyne. Trams were able to run through New Islington again from 1220 but Manchester bound services were unable to call at the stop until just before 1500.
Fortunately there were no passengers on the stop waiting for a tram at the time of the incident and no trams were in the vicinity otherwise the story might have had a different ending.