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Incident Date: 04 October 2014
FIREFIGHTERS are urging city centre revelers to take care around trams after a man was left in a serious condition when he was struck by one on a night out.
Crews from Moss Side, a Technical Response Unit from Ashton and paramedics were called to the incident by the Bridgewater Hall just after 2am this morning, October 4, 2014.
Watch Manager Paul Hesford, who was in charge of the incident, said: "When we arrived we found a lad in his early twenties unconscious and trapped under the tram.
"We think he'd been on a night out, but he was on his own when he was hit by the tram and was unconscious when we arrived
"We worked together with paramedics from the North West Ambulance Service to stabilise the young man, but he was deteriorating quickly and we had to get him out.
"Our Technical Response Unit arrived on the scene very quickly along with Metrolink engineers, who supported our crews with technical information.
"We jacked the tram up and got the man out in about ten minutes.
"Thankfully his condition improved after he was released from under the tram and he was taken to Salford Royal Hospital.
"The incident really shows the value of our Technical Response Unit and the specialist equipment they carry, which is specifically designed for incidents like this.
"We would urge anyone on a night out in the city centre to take care when they're crossing tram tracks."