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Distracted Melbourne driver crashes into a tram

Terrifying moment a distracted driver is t-boned by a TRAM as he went hurtling through a busy intersection right into its path – but is it really his fault?

  • A driver has failed to give way to a tram and crashed into the light rail carriage
  • The heavy impact captured on dashcam shows the car spin 90 degrees
  • Social media users leapt to the defence of the driver, blaming the intersection 

A distracted Melbourne driver was t-boned by a tram after failing to give way at a busy intersection.

Dashcam footage shows the dark coloured hatch-back ignore the flashing lights warning motorists to give way to trams as it drove towards the North Melbourne roundabout moments before disaster.

The front of the small car can be seen smashing into the light rail carriage so hard it spins the vehicle 90 degrees into a pole. 

But despite the obvious appearance of the approaching tram, social media users leapt to the defence of the motorist and instead blamed Victoria’s complicated road system. 

A distracted Melbourne driver was t-boned by a tram after failing to give way at a busy intersection

‘That roundabout is the worst! I’ve never come across such a complicated intersection,’ one Facebook user wrote.

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IS IT THE DRIVER’S FAULT?

  • Yes – he should have given way 0 votes
  • No – the road is poorly designed 0 votes

‘Those lights might seem obvious from this direction but to a car already on the roundabout not so much. Unusual roundabout design by typical Australian standards, bad design!’ another said.

The bizarre roundabout has a tram line running through the centre of intersection, which social media commenters saying it’s a notorious spot for crashes.

‘Plenty of people at the market tell me they see crashes at this roundabout way too often. I often doubted them. Until now!’ one person wrote. 

Another said: ‘I’m watching that thinking that as a non- Melbourne person.’

‘Had it been me in that car I wouldn’t have noticed those flashing signs. 

‘But they aren’t in a position where a car already on the roundabout is going to easily see them… and once you’re on a roundabout you don’t expect to suddenly have to give way to a tram coming through the middle of it. Unless you are a local.’

Dashcam footage shows the dark coloured hatch-back ignore the flashing lights warning motorists to give way to trams as it creeps through the North Melbourne roundabout

Dashcam footage shows the dark coloured hatch-back ignore the flashing lights warning motorists to give way to trams as it creeps through the North Melbourne roundabout

The front of the small car can be seen smashing into the light rail carriage so hard it spins the vehicle 90 degrees into a pole

The front of the small car can be seen smashing into the light rail carriage so hard it spins the vehicle 90 degrees into a pole 

Non-Melbourne viewers were aghast at the overly complicated roadway, poking fun at the state for their confusing traffic laws.

‘And you wonder why the rest of Australia looks at Victorians as backwards! A tram through the middle of a roundabout,’ one person joked.  

‘Whoever designed this intersection is at fault,’ another said.

‘They must have mates in the smash repair industry.’ 

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