Metrolink driver in hospital after brick attack

A Metrolink driver is in hospital with chest and facial injuries after yobs threw a brick through his windscreen.

At around 9.40pm on Monday 8 May, a brick was hurled from a bridge towards a Rochdale-bound tram.

Between the Derker and Shaw and Crompton stops, the brick caused a scene of devastation in the driver’s carriage.

The brick reportedly struck the driver in the chest and images show he also suffered injuries to his head.

The tram came to an emergency stop but passengers on board say the driver managed to continue to the next stop.

When the tram reached the Shaw and Crompton stop, an ambulance was waiting for the driver who then received treatment.

Danny Vaughan, TfGM’s head of Metrolink, said: “I am astonished that someone has thought it acceptable to throw a rock from height towards an oncoming tram.

“This one reckless action has injured the driver and left him, understandably, very shaken.

“Make no mistake the consequences could have been much worse, not only for the driver but the passengers on board”.

Metrolink say they are working closely with Greater Manchester Police to clamp down on such attacks.

Mayor of Greater Manchester, Andy Burnham, has also condemned the attack.

He said: “After the attack on the tram last night, which injured a driver, I want to start by wishing him well in his recovery.

“Attacks on Metrolink will not be tolerated.

“Recently we have seen far too many reports of missiles being thrown at trams, injuring and frightening those on board.

“Nobody in Greater Manchester should be made to feel unsafe while travelling or at work”.

Mr Burnham says he is working closely with the police, Metrolink, TfGM and Travelsafe to stop to these attacks.

Anybody with information about the incident is encouraged to contact the police.

TNT News

Photo Credit: Matty Worrall

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