Car collides head-on with a light rail in Sydney’s CBD

Car collides head-on with a tram near Sydney’s CBD – trapping the driver behind the wheel and causing ‘major’ damage

  • A car and light rail collided on Devonshire St, Surry Hills, at 4.25pm on Thursday 
  • Emergency services arrived and freed a male driver who was stuck in a Mazda 
  • No one on the light rail was injured, but the tram suffered ‘major’ damage 
  • The male driver was taken to hospital and will undergo mandatory drug testing 

A car has collided head-on with a light rail in Sydney’s CBD leaving the driver trapped behind the wheel and causing commuter chaos during peak-hour traffic. 

Emergency services were called to Devonshire Street, in Surry Hills, at 4.25pm on Thursday to reports a car had collided with a light rail. 

Police, fire crews and, ambulances attended the scene and freed the male driver who was briefly trapped in his Mazda.  

Emergency services were called to Devonshire Street, in Surry Hills, at 4.25pm on Thursday to reports a car had collided with a light rail

He was taken to St Vincent hospital for assessment. He will undergo mandatory drug testing.

No one on the light rail was injured, but NSW Police said the tram has suffered major damaged.  

Devonshire Street has been closed between Crown Street and Elizabeth Street and traffic is being directed away from the area. 

Local business owner Ben Vaughan was with friends at the Shakespeare Hotel when he heard a tram beeping its horn longer than usual.

‘It was going on for 30 seconds, so we started to think “this doesn’t sound good”,’ he told Daily Mail Australia.

No one on the light rail was injured but the tram suffered 'major' damage to its front bumper

No one on the light rail was injured but the tram suffered ‘major’ damage to its front bumper

Police and Fire and Rescue crews remain at the scene clearing debris and working to remove the vehicles

Police and Fire and Rescue crews remain at the scene clearing debris and working to remove the vehicles

‘Then we saw the car heading into the tram and there was massive bang.’ 

Mr Vaughn and his friends quickly ran from the pub to the scene to check on the driver. 

‘There was blood dripping down his face, he was dazed and confused,’ he said. 

‘The airbags had gone off and the engine bay was pushed right into the front of the car.’ 

Dozens of shocked bystanders could be seen watching on as emergency crews worked to clear the area on Thursday night. 

The crumpled Mazda was loaded onto the back of a tow truck to be taken away from the scene. 

Surry Hills Police are investigating the incident. 

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