Tram 'was speeding' through Sheffield when passenger was flung into door

A tram was speeding through Sheffield when the driver braked, sending a passenger hurtling into a door, an investigation has found

By The Newsroom
Tuesday, 31 July, 2018, 12:35
The curve approaching the Middlewood Road tram terminus in Sheffield, where the passenger was injured (pic: Google)

The vehicle was travelling at about 23mph - 13mph over the speed limit - as it passed through a curve approaching the Middlewood Road terminus on July 19, shortly before 4pm, according to initial findings by the Rail Accident Investigation Branch (RAIB).

The report states: "The tram's motion through the curve and the subsequent braking caused a passenger to be thrown across the tram and to strike a door. The passenger was injured and part of the door mechanism was broken causing the door to come open."

The watchdog said it had undertaken a preliminary examination into the circumstances surrounding the incident, and having assessed the evidence so far had decided to publish a 'safety digest'.

The RAIB can choose to publish a safety digest rather than carrying out a full investigation when it is clear the safety learning from an event has been identified by a previous investigation, relates to compliance with existing rules or is local in nature.

It said the safety digest would be published in the next few weeks.

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The report does not state the severity of the passenger's injuries.

A spokeswoman for Stagecoach Supertram said: "An incident occurred involving one of our vehicles on Thursday, July 19 in which a passenger was injured.

"Our best wishes are with the passenger involved. We are investigating the circumstances involved and will also assist the relevant authorities with their inquiries into the incident."