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The Parkville tram derailment has created traffic havoc and left the driver shaking. Photo: Channel 7Fourteenpeople havebeen taken to hospital after dozens of passengers wereinjured when a truck slammed into a tram in Melbourne’s inner-north on Monday morning.
Emergency servicesrushed to the scene of theserious smash in Parkville after a truck slammed into a crowdedWest Coburg route 58tram on Elliott Avenueabout 8am.
The force of the accident buckled one side of the tram, forcing it several metres off its tracks, and tippedthe truck on its side causing it to leakfuel.
Paramedics treated29people for mostly minor injuries at a triage area set up at the scene. Police were also at the scene.
Fourteenpeople were taken to hospital, including threetoThe Royal Melbourne Hospital, fourto St Vincent’sHospital, four to The Alfred hospitaland three to Footscray Hospital.
The remaining injured did not need further treatment.
The tram driver was photographed lying next to tram witha defibrillator after reportedly complaining of chest pain but hiscondition is unknown.
Twelve firefighters are on the scene of the diesel spill with the clean up expected to take hours.
“The tram has been derailed so Yarra Trams heavy maintenance will attend to put the tram back on its tracks,” aMFB statement said.
Elliott Avenue between Flemington Rd and Royal Pdein Parkville remainsclosed in both directions and is not expected to reopen until after Monday afternoon’s peak-hour commute.
Drivers have been advised toavoid the area and seek an alternative route such as usingBrunswick Rd to Mt Alexander Rd and then travelling to Flemington Rd from there.
Tram services on routes 70, 75 and 58 have also been affected.
Photos from the scene show the tram’swindows have been smashed by the force of the smash and the inside of the tram is covered in dirt the truck was transporting.
One woman named Jennifer who witnessed the crash told ABC Radio Melbourne thatpassengers heard screams before being thrown from their seats.
She said after the crash the truck driver had been seen sitting next to the tram, shaking, and passengers were “lying everywhere”.
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