Tram Collision 1931
Newspaper report about a tram collision in 1931.
Five people were injured in a collision on Clifton Drive North,
St. Annes, about 11 a.m. on Sunday, between two double-decked trams, both owned
by the Lytham St. Annes Corporation. The injued people were :—
William E. Gregson (45), cotton salesman, Garthside, Merton Road,
-Ashton-on-Mersey ; injuries to face, and shock.
Mrs. Ada Gregson, his wife, bruises on face, and shock.
William Keith Gregson (7), son ; cuts on forehead and shock.
Joan Marjory Gregson (10), daughter ; bruises on head and shock.
Jaspar Broomhead, tram driver, 143, St. Andrew's Road South, St. Annes; injuries to
the left leg.
The two cars, carrying a number of
holiday-makers, were going along the Drive towards Blackpool, and the first
car, which was driven by Robert Grenville, 7, Westgate Road, Squire's Gate,
stopped just before it reached the Thursby Home, to pick up passengers.
As it was moving off slowly, the second car, driven by
Broomhead, crashed into it from behind, partially telescoping it. The back of the
first car and the front of the second car were wrecked. Fortunately there were not
many passengers on either car.
Mr. and Mrs. Gregson and their son and daughters were passengers in the rear
portion of the upper deck of the first car, and when the crash came they were
thrown. They were taken to the Victoria Hospital, Blackpool, but after receiving
treatment they were able to return to St. Annes, where they were staying.
Broomhead, who was thrown into the road, was conveyed by a passing motorist to St.
Annes War Memorial Hospital and was detained. A breakdown gang was
summoned, one of the cars was towed to the depot, and the service was subjected to
a short interruption.