Around 9.30 this morning, overhead power lines came down on top of the Route 58 tram at the intersection of St Kilda Road and Toorak Road, resulting in a fire.
The incident took place near stop 22 where new tram tracks were installed in July to replace services on Domain Road that were closed as part of the Metro Tunnel project.
It is not yet known what caused the power-lines to fall. The fire was caused by overheated lines. It’s believed none of the 30 people on board were injured.
A number of tram routes – including 1, 3, 5, 6, 16, 64, 67, and 72 – were all affected, with some cancelled and others operating in sections.
Several replacement buses have been operating, including a Route 58 bus between Stop 14 Arts Precinct and Toorak, and a St Kilda Road replacement bus between Stop 14 Arts Precinct and St Kilda Junction, and will service existing curbside stops where possible.
The affected route, Route 58, has now resumed, though some delays are still expected and replacement buses will still be operating for another hour or two as services are restored.
For updates visit ptv.vic.gov.au/live-travel-updates.
And another shot pic.twitter.com/RarM8AVqCc— Tim yen (@timdyen) September 4, 2017
Power line just hit tram to oral Rd and st Kildale rd pic.twitter.com/Bdec5Jewei— Tim yen (@timdyen) September 4, 2017
Fire Brigade now there. Trams stopped. pic.twitter.com/f36IGPebvW— Tim yen (@timdyen) September 4, 2017
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