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‘Opened like a can opener’: Piccadilly to Eccles Metrolink tram collides with van carrying five-foot industrial saw

By Glen Keogh

Manchester commuters are facing delays tonight after an Eccles-bound tram was hit by a truck carrying a five-metre-high saw today.

The tram, which had four people on board, was left with a five-foot wide gash in its bodywork in the midday collision.

It is thought no one was hurt in the accident – however the Metrolink service between Piccadilly and Eccles is still suffering delays.

Eccles New Road has now re-opened after being closed for the majority of this afternoon.

The Brookdale Transport truck was delivering the industrial saw to Total Computers UK when it collided with the Metrolink service in Weaste but it is not yet clear exactly what caused the incident.

Anthony O’Mahoney of Total Computers UK went to the scene when he heard the driver had crashed.

“It looked like the tram had hit the fully-loaded truck or the truck has reversed into the tram, I’m not sure which,” he said.

“I walked down the road and it was completely cordoned off and the tram was stationary. The back of the truck was all crushed, and there was an ambulance coming towards us for the driver but he wasn’t hurt.”

Another witness, who preferred to remain unnamed, said: “The van had ripped open the side of the tram like a can opener. I’m just glad I wasn’t sat on it at the time!”

Metrolink tickets are being accepted on local bus routes for passengers affected by the delays.

Pictures courtesy of Total Computers UK, with thanks.

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