| 12.08,19. 03:03 PM |
Man hit by Canberra tram left in serious condition after witness saw 'body flying through the air'
Photo: The man was hit by the tram on Northbourne Avenue near Barry Drive. (Facebook: John Mikita)
A pedestrian has been taken to hospital in a serious condition after he was hit by a light rail vehicle in Canberra, bringing some services to a halt, on the opening day of a light rail safety week campaign.
Police, ambulance and fire crews responded to the incident at the intersection of Northbourne Avenue and Barry Drive at 9:15am.
"I was just having a coffee and looked up and saw a body flying through the air," a witness, Peter, said.
"I wasn't sure whether it was a kangaroo or a dog or a person.
"Everyone rushed up [to help] and I thought 'well there's enough troops'."
The injured man was treated at the scene by paramedics and transported to hospital in a serious condition with head injuries, according to the ACT Emergency Services Agency.
Light rail services stopped running between Dickson Street and Alinga Street for over an hour, and emergency services told people to avoid the area.
However, the tram was still running between Gungahlin and Dickson.
The incident happened on the opening day of Canberra Metro's Rail Safety Week — a campaign designed to increase awareness.
Last week the authority also released a video showing a series of near misses on the tracks.
It is the second time a pedestrian has been hit by a light rail vehicle — and at the same location — after a man walked in front of a vehicle during testing in March.