A BUSY Sheffield road was left in chaos after a bin wagon smashed into a tram.
Passengers were left waiting at bus and tram stops for almost an hour after the Veolia lorry hit a Supertram on Langsett Road.
The Volvo lorry made a right turn from Victor Street at about 10am yesterday and crashed into the tram, bound for Halfway, on its driver’s side, leaving glass and debris on the road and smashing the tram’s front window.
Police diverted traffic and passengers boarded replacement buses to continue their journey.
No tram passengers were injured, but paramedics treated the driver for shock at the scene.
Alison Holloway, aged 44, who lives above music shop Sound Idea on Langsett Road, told The Star the driver of the bin lorry had let her turn left onto Langsett Road just before the smash, as she was driving to the supermarket in her blue Mazda.
“He just let me out so he could stop to empty the bins and the tram was coming up on the opposite side,” she said.
“I didn’t know anything had happened until I came back.”
Mike Speed, 59, who owns the shop, added: “He went across the tram tracks to get good visibility. It was just bad timing.”
Mike said he heard a loud crashing noise as the two vehicles collided.
“It was a good solid thud,” he said.
“You’ve probably got 15 tonnes of vehicle hitting 15 tonnes of vehicle, so something’s got to give.”
Sarah Smith, aged 60, who lives nearby, said: “There was a lot of backed-up traffic.
“That’s the problem with Sheffield being a one-way system - if one road breaks down the whole city comes to a standstill.
“If there are cars parked on Langsett Road - which they are allowed to do - the driver of the bin wagon would have to take a wide berth to go round the corner.”
A spokeswoman for Supertram confirmed the tram was hit at the junction of Langsett Road and Victor Street.
“There were no reported injuries to any passengers on board the tram,” she said.
“The tram driver was also uninjured but was treated for shock by paramedics at the scene.”
After the accident, no trams were able to operate between Shalesmoor, Middlewood and Malin Bridgeuntil about 1.20pm.
The Supertram spokeswoman said they would help police with their inquiries and will also carry out their own internal investigation.
A Veolia spokeswoman said the firm were also conducting their own investigation.