The career of Manchester Metrolink T68 1017 may have come to a premature end after a car managed to drive into the back of the LRV at Exchange Quays during the evening of Friday 10th January. The incident happened shortly after 1800 when the Mercedes somehow managed to strike the rear of the tram. No-one was injured on board the tram and the 23 year old driver of the car suffered only minor injuries.
The incident caused services on the Eccles and MediaCityUK lines to be suspended whilst the emergency services dealt with the incident and before the tram was removed back to depot.
With the T68 fleet continuing to be withdrawn at an increasing rate it remains to be seen whether any repairs will be undertaken on 1017 or whether its own withdrawal will be accelerated. Maybe a Mercedes has caused the end of the LRV’s career?