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A man has been run over by a Gold Coast tram after he was "sleeping" on the tracks, causing the light rail network to be suspended in both directions on Friday morning.
Police confirmed the man had been "laying down on the tracks" before he was hit, with witness reports indicating the man was "sleeping", according to Nine News.
Emergency services were called just after 5am to the incident near Main Beach station, between Admiralty Drive and the Gold Coast Highway.
Light rail services in both directions were suspended between Southport and Broadbeach South stations and remained at a standstill at 7.30am.
Replacement buses were called in to ferry customers between the affected stations, according to the Translink website.
High Acuity Response Unit paramedic Michael Kerr said the man, believed to be 21 years old, was stabilised at the scene and given pain relief as fire crews freed him.
“The major problems (for emergency services) were that the patient had critical injuries as well as being trapped by his lower legs and abdomen underneath the tram,” he said.
Mr Kerr said fire crews completed a "long and detailed extraction" using equipment which inflated under the tram to help free the man.
The entrapped patient was freed by 5.40am and taken to Gold Coast University Hospital in a serious but stable condition with lower leg and pelvic injuries.
Police were investigating.
This article first appeared on www.brisbanetimes.com.au
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