Teenager taken to hospital after being hit by tram in Ashton

A male teenager has been taken to hospital with serious injuries after being hit by a tram close to Ashton Moss tramstop on the Ashton-under-Lyne line on Thursday 9th December. The incident happened shortly after 1700 with a large emergency services presence on the scene. Greater Manchester Police have appealed for witnesses into the incident as part of their ongoing investigation.

Shortly after this incident, Manchester Metrolink released a statement urging anyone who travels on the network to take extra care (whether this was because of this incident – and the tragic incident at the start of the week – or had been pre-planned isn’t known).

Danny Vaughan, TfGM Head of Metrolink, said: “We are the largest light rail system in the country, running through many urban areas and have some of the busiest stops of any network in Europe. Safety is at the centre of everything we do, but accidents can happen regardless of the safety features built into Metrolink. I’m appealing to all our passengers to take that little bit of extra care when using the network at this busy time of the year, especially when out celebrating.”

There are a number of simple steps which you can take when travelling on Metrolink:

  • Keeping a suitable distance from the platform edge other when boarding a tram
  • Taking extra care of yourself or others if under the influence of alcohol
  • Walking instead of running when at the stop and getting on/off trams
  • Not leaving baggage of other items in a place where they present a trip hazard
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