A TEENAGE girl has suffered “bumps and bruises” after being knocked down by an Edinburgh tram – on the fourth day of service.
The 14-year-old stepped out in front of the tram on Princes Street yesterday afternoon, taking a “glancing blow” that sent her sprawling to the ground.
She initially declined medical treatment but it is believed the youngster has since sought a check-up with her GP.
An alert tram driver may have averted more serious consequences by slamming on the brakes and reducing his speed to around 17mph before the collision occurred at around 4pm. Passengers were removed from carriages at Shandwick Place and moved to another tram before continuing their journey.
An inspection of the tram was later launched at the Gogar depot and it is understood transport chiefs and police have examined CCTV of the accident. Witnesses suggest the female casualty may have been wearing headphones when the accident occurred.
Network chiefs confirmed an investigation was under way.
A spokesman for Transport for Edinburgh said: “We can confirm that a pedestrian was struck by a tram. We have informed the emergency services and we are investigating the incident so it would be inappropriate to go into any more detail at this stage.”
Police Scotland said they were investigating the Princes Street incident. “The girl declined medical treatment,” said a spokesman. “The tram is being returned to the depot, where officers will view on-board CCTV to get a fuller picture of the incident.”
A safety campaign was launched by tram chiefs weeks ago amid concerns the quiet-running light rail network would be unfamiliar to the public. Signs with the slogan “Careful Now” were fixed to lampposts along the city centre tram route. Tram drivers also completed a rigorous training regime which included emergency stops. Each tram is equipped with headlights, a bell and emergency brakes.
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