Tuesday Dec 3rd 1940
LIVERPOOL TRAM OVERTURNS BETWEEN AIR RAIDS
21 PASSENGERS INJURED
21 passengers injured and 8 were detained in hospital last night when a tramcar ran off the points and overturned on to the pavement at the junction of Grove St and Upper Parliament St, Liverpool. The tramcar was crowded at the time of the accident, which occurred just after an air raid, before all had been taken to hospital another air raid was in progress.
The 5W was proceeding from Liverpool towards Woolton, along Upper Parliament St, when it swung around at a left hand bend and careered across the setts, crashing on its side on the foot path close to another tram stop. People waiting at the other tram stop were able to jump out of the way when the tram toppled.
Mrs JACKSON was in her house in Upper Parliament St when she heard the crash, "We rushed out and found people on the top and lower deck had been thrown in heaps, when we saw them scrambling clear we were amazed, you would think they would have been killed."
All the injured were at first taken to the Liverpool Foot Hospital, close to the scene, Mr A. COX who lives at the hospital was returning from duty with the Home Guard when he heard the crash, and he immediately organised rescue work till the police arrived, due to his efforts the injured were quickly dealt with. Four ambulances took the seriously injured to another hospital and several people were able to go home by taxi.
Few were seriously injured, probably due to the netting pasted on the tram windows, which reduced the injuries through flying glass. The breakdown gang were quickly on the scene, the roof was ripped off the tram and a crane and tackle righted the vehicle, which was then towed away.
Among the seriously injured detained in hospital :-
An unidentified woman
William MASTERMAN, 31, a soldier
Florence HAZELHURST, 45, 5. Wainwright St, Liverpool
Joseph LEWIS, 30, 3. Garmoyle Rd, Liverpool
Allan ASHTON, 20, of Manor Arms, Chester St, Birkenhead
Percival LEWINGS, 57, 22A Cumberland Ave, Liverpool
Elizabeth PERRY, 65, 3 Borrowdale Rd, Liverpool
William BEGGS, 70, 6 Westgate Rd, Wavertree
Others treated at hospital but allowed home :-
Otto FALK, 42 Cleveland Rd, Liverpool
Thomas DUNN, 14, 1d St Andrews Gardens, Liverpool
Harry KELLITT, 68, 54 Green Lane, Mossley Hill
Thomas HACKER, 15 Springfield Place, Liverpool
James Edward FITZGERALD, 15, 38 Nickleby St, Liverpool
S. R. REYNOLDS, 52, 38 Herondale Rd, Wavertree
Doris ASPDEN, Nimrod St, Liverpool
Hilda BARKER, 40, 57 Brookdale Rd, Liverpool
Julia FONTAINE, 29, 42 Belmont Rd, Liverpool
Margaret MC NALLY, 30, 25 Carlingford St, Liverpool
Frank BUTT, 42, 10 Mount St, London
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