Stuck fast on a Swanston Street tram stop

Idiots driving through the tram stops on Swanston Street isn’t anything new – but I was in the right place at the right time during my lunchtime walk, when I spotted yet another vehicle ignore the NO ENTRY signs and drive through the tram stop on Swanston Street.

Confused van driver decides to head through the Swanston and Bourke Street tram stop

The van driver squeezed past waiting pedestrians to drive down the bike lane.

Van driver heads past waiting pedestrians to drive down the bike lane

Then swerved around a pedestrian in the bike lane.

Pedestrian on the bike path, and the van driver swerves around them as well

You’re getting awfully close to the edge there…

You're getting awfully close to the edge there...

And CRUNCH – the bottom of the van bottoms out on the tram stop!

And CRUNCH - the bottom of the van bottoms out on the tram stop!

‘Yeah, you’re stuck!’

'Yeah, you're stuck'

Yarra Trams staff also came over for a look.

Yarra Trams staff also come over for a look

The first police arrived on the scene a few minutes after the van got stuck.

First police on the scene two minutes after the van got stuck

With more police arriving in an unmarked car.

More police arrive in an unmarked car

Southbound trams still running past the stuck van.

Southbound trams still running past the stuck van

But northbound trams hat to stop running.

Disruption message on the TramTracker screen at Swanston and Bourke Street

Stuck at Bourke Street with nowhere to go.

Z3.195 leads three northbound tracks stuck at Bourke Street with nowhere to go

They had to run ‘bang road’ (wrong direction) down Swanston Street.

Until they reached the crossover at Flinders Lane, where they crossed over onto the southbound track.

Back up at the Bourke Street tram stop, a tilt tray truck eventually arrived.

First attempt at removing the stuck van with the tilt tray

With a few attempts required to line it up with the stuck van.

Nope - need to move the tray a bit to extract the stuck van

Eventually it was all hooked up.

All hooked up, and ready to extract the stuck van

And up went the van.

And up it goes

All loaded up, and ready for trams to run again.

And it's all loaded up

Play it again, Sam

And here is the van getting stuck, in animated GIF format.

via Gfycat

And over on Reddit

From a commenter on /r/Melbourne:

I like how someone manages to take picture before the “accident”.

I’ve photographed so many idiots driving down Swanston Street it was only a matter of time until I caught someone come off second best.

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7 Responses to “Stuck fast on a Swanston Street tram stop”

  1. Andrew says:

    What the van driver didn’t realise at the time is that YT is highly to pursue damages through the courts. I imagine the amount would be considerable.

  2. Andrew says:

    I really hope this is pursued by both police and YT. You certainly were in the right place at the right time.

  3. jon says:

    You really do wonder what goes through their heads. Like the people who get stuck under the Montague St bridge I guess – nothing! Off in their own little world.

    Or just blinding following the satnav without any thought involved.

  4. Dark Knight says:

    Let me add those typical comment* which comes after every incident of a bridge strike on Montague Street but it to reflect this scenario.

    “If YT and PTV didn’t install raised platform so this won’t happen”.

    *I don’t foster muppet drivers honestly if I had my way if you can’t read clear informative signs whether it’s “low bridge” or “do not enter” you shouldn’t be able to be behind a weapon on four rubber tires.

  5. Kevin says:

    What was being transported that was so important for the driver to ignore the “no entry” signs?

    • Marcus Wong says:

      Too lazy to do a u-turn and take the long way around – backtrack to Collins Street, drive a block over to Elizabeth or Russell, then two blocks north equals four or five extra blocks of driving.

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