A teenage girl has died after being hit by a tram near Hucknall on a non-automatic gated crossing. The incident happened at approximately 1900 on Wednesday 28th November 2012 and according to initial reports in the local press she crossed the tracks along with some of her friends at the time of the collision.
The crossing has large “Tramway Look Both Ways” signs warning pedestrians but is not fitted with any lights or automatic barriers and as such relies on users to check before crossing. This is a fairly standard crossing across the UK’s light rail systems and is located at the junction of Hucknall Lane and Nottingham Road.
As a result of the incident tram services were suspended between Moor Bridge and Hucknall with two bus replacement services in operation instead. Normal services were resumed before the end of service once the accident investigators had finished at the scene.
The girl was initially taken to hospital with serious injuries but sadly her injuries were too severe and she died later. The driver of the tram was also treated for shock.
Neil Wood, NET General Manager, commented: “First and foremost we need to stress that our thoughts and sympathy are with the teenager’s family at this time. We have launched our own internal inquiry into the incident and, of course, are co-operating fully with both the Police Crash Investigation Team and the rail accident investigation branch.”