A 21-year-old man was hit by a tram and trapped underneath the vehicle in an early morning emergency. The tram and man collided on the tramline in Main Beach at 5.02am at the corner of Admiralty Drive and Gold Coast Highway.
Police are unable to confirm the circumstances of how the man was hit but reports have emerged that he may have been asleep on the tracks or lying down at the time of the collision.
Ambulance media officers told the Bulletin the man was trapped under the tram by his leg but was conscious and breathing.
He was freed before 6am and was taken to the Gold Coast University Hospital in a serious but stable condition.
“QAS were dispatched to a 21-year-old man who was found underneath the G-link tram service. He was actually entrapped under the tram for a significant period of time,” he said.
“Both Queensland Ambulance Service, Queensland Fire and Rescue and police attended the scenes as well as the council tram link services.
“The major problem was the patient had critical injuries as well as being entrapped by his lower legs and abdomen under the trams.”
Mr Kerr said it took some time for the man to be freed.
“This required him to be stabilised on-scene and for the delicate extrication process to unfold from there,” he said.
“It was quite a long, detailed extrication as you can imagine. It required QFR’s heavy lifting equipment which is an air mattress which lifted the tram off the patient.
“He is in a serious but stable condition with injuries to his lower legs.”
A large number of emergency services attended the incident and trams were suspended from just after 5am until resuming around 8am.